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Dr. Maram Frehat
Ph.D. in cultural anthropology and social


Al-Hussein Bin Talal University (hereinafter AHU) announces that it would like to set up an Intangible Cultural Heritage Center to serve the southern region of the Hashemite Kingdome of Jordan in Particular.

Certain processes brought about by globalization and social transformation hasten the deterioration and disappearance of intangible cultural heritage (oral traditions and expressions, performing arts, social practices, rituals and festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe and traditional craftsmanship).

 Over the past two decades, Jordan has taken some dispersed endeavors to preserve its cultural identity through the safeguarding of its intangible cultural heritage (ICH). These efforts are in line with UNESCO's endeavors to safeguard ICH, shown especially the Proclamation of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity (1997), the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity (2001), the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003), and the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005).

 Having tired to surmount some obstacles, including the challenges of modernization, is presenting certain endeavors to protect ICH against disappearance, discontinuation, fragmentation and standardization. AHU is willing to take the necessary steps to establish the center in accordance with the relevant provisions;, providing funding and facilities and promoting cooperation with relevant organizations.