The destruction of cultural heritage represents a recurring global challenge that demands international coordination. From the 2001 destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas to the recent actions of ISIL in Iraq and Syria, heritage has continuously faced intentional harm from a variety of non-state actors. Sales of illicitly excavated antiquities provides material support for terrorist networks, while the destruction itself threatens historical fragments common to all humanity. In light of these actions, the resources below present an interactive catalog that collate visual, audio, and cartographic resources to document the destruction of cultural heritage.
Subsections serve to synthesize original content with the resources offered by online platforms to illustrate the destruction of cultural heritage perpetrated by ISIL. The sections are organized by their VISUAL, LEGAL, and CONTEXTUAL focus.