Bin Jelmood House

Narrating an intangible history in Qatar

Authored by: Scott Cooper , Karen Exell

The Routledge Companion to Intangible Cultural Heritage

Print publication date:  December  2016
Online publication date:  December  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138860551
eBook ISBN: 9781315716404
Adobe ISBN: 9781317506898

10.4324/9781315716404.ch29

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Abstract

In September 2015, Bin Jelmood House: The International Slavery Museum opened in Doha, Qatar, one of four social history museums developed by the Qatar Foundation as part of the Msheireb Downtown Doha development, an urban regeneration project in the heart of the city. Qatar’s recent investment in museums is well known, principally through the international media attention given to the ‘starchitects’, I.M. Pei and Jean Nouvel, who were commissioned to design the Museum of Islamic Art, opened in 2008, and the National Museum of Qatar, due to open in 2018, respectively. In contrast, the Msheireb museums remain largely unreported, even inside Qatar. However, Bin Jelmood House has created a level of local debate and apprehension among the national community due to the extreme regional sensitivity of the topic of slavery in both historical and contemporary terms.

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