There is no evidence yet that the Shrine of al-Imam Abd al-Rahman (Mosul, Iraq) has been destroyed (2nd September 2014)

Miroslav Melčák, Karel Nováček, Zuzana Říhová, Lenka Starková and others(?) are coordinating an international initiative to systematically document Mosul’s cultural property. Other members include the tireless Gilgamesh Nabeel. They are building a database (which records the name of the structure, other notes, historical documentation, the state of the site after any claimed attack, and the sources for the claim of the attack), in order to help conservation and research.

This is the first of five posts that are based on the efforts of the team for Monuments of Mosul in Danger. So far, there is no secure evidence of the destruction of the Shrine of al-Imám Abd al-Rahman. However, I share Nováček’s pessimism that there probably is a ‘renewed wave of Mosul demolitions’.

According to Radio Nawa, on the 2nd of September, the Islamic State destroyed the Shrine of al-Imám Abd al-Rahman.

False evidence of destruction of either the Shrine of al-Imám Abd al-Rahman or the Shrine of al-Sakhurji (Radio Nawa, 2nd September 2014)

False evidence of destruction of either the Shrine of al-Imám Abd al-Rahman or the Shrine of al-Sakhurji (Radio Nawa, 2nd September 2014)

But Karel Nováček fact-checked the report and found that the ‘blasted qubba in the image is in fact the Tomb and Shrine of Ahmad ar-Rifa’i in Al-Mahlabiyah neighbourhood, west of Mosul’, which was destroyed in late June.

Correction of false evidence of destruction of either the Shrine of al-Imám Abd al-Rahman or the Shrine of al-Sakhurji (Miroslav Melčák, 2nd September 2014)

Correction of false evidence of destruction of either the Shrine of al-Imám Abd al-Rahman or the Shrine of al-Sakhurji (Miroslav Melčák, 2nd September 2014)

Notes

The Islamic State has also been known as the Caliphate, Da’ash, Da’esh, Da’ish, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

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