Areas west of Pakistan and East of Europe including Turkey. Much of the sacred art from this region comes from various Islamic traditions, however there are significant Christian and Jewish art to be found here, including the orthodox art of some of the ‘-stans’. There are also important Buddhist artworks located in, for example, Afghanistan.
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Stolen Afghan manuscripts have been coming up for sale at major auction houses, according to research group( )
Hadani Ditmars (2022). Stolen Afghan manuscripts have been coming up for sale at major auction houses, according to research group. The Art Newspaper. 13 October.
The repatriation of Evangelistary Manuscript 220 at the Patriarchal and Stavropegial Monastery of Eikosiphoinissa( )
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Thousand-year-old Gospel manuscript to return to Greek monastery in Museum of the Bible repatriation( )
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Rebecca Anne Proctor (2021). Concern grows for Afghanistan's cultural heritage under new Taliban rule. Arab News. 1 September.
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Hugh Eakin (2020). When an Enemy's Cultural Heritage Becomes One's Own. The New York Times. 30 November.
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Ariel David (2020). After Dead Sea Forgeries Exposed, How Do We Know the Scrolls in Israel Are Authentic?. Haaretz. 12 August.
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Neos Kosmos (2020). Turkish ministry seeks return of Panagia Soumela artefacts. Neos Kosmos. 4 February.
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Daily Sabah (2019). Turkish police find 400-year-old Torah in Aydın province. Daily Sabah. 15 February.
Daily Sabah (2019). 4 ancient books depicting life of Jesus seized in Turkey's Denizli. Daily Sabah. 12 February.
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Josefin Dolsten (2018). Bipartisan group of senators discussing bill to keep Iraqi Jewish Archive in US. Cleveland Jewish News. 18 July.
Margaret Coker (2018). Mosul's Renowned Religious Complex Will Rise From the Rubble. The New York Times. 24 April.
Arutz Sheva (2018). Bible that Goering stole from Jew discovered. Israel National News. 11 April.
Daniel J. Roth (2018). Syria Accuses Israel of Removing Jewish Artifacts from Damascus Temple. Jerusalem Post. 22 March.
Jean Hopfensperger (2018). Minnesota monk Columba Stewart rescues ancient manuscripts from modern threats. Star Tribune. 7 January.
Daily Sabah (2017). Turkey requests France return tiles stolen from Sultan Selim II's tomb at Hagia Sophia. Daily Sabah. 26 December.
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Nathan Jeffay (2017). Palestinian police help recover Torah scrolls stolen from Israeli shul. The Jewish Chronicle. 22 November.
Peter Beaumont, Oliver Laughland (2017). Trade in Dead Sea Scrolls awash with suspected forgeries, experts warn. The Guardian. 21 November.
Torah Scrolls Stolen From Jaffa Synagogue Are Found in Hebron and Returned After Cooperation Between Israeli, Palestinian Police( )
The Algemeiner (2017). Torah Scrolls Stolen From Jaffa Synagogue Are Found in Hebron and Returned After Cooperation Between Israeli, Palestinian Police. The Algemeiner. 19 November.
Anny Shaw (2017). Russia and Israel sign historic deal to share digitised Gunzburg Collection. The Art Newspaper. 7 November.
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Josefin Dolsten (2017). Despite protests, US returning artifacts to Iraq. The Jewish Star. 13 September.
Armen Press (2017). Armenia's Ministry of Culture Seeks Return of Ancient Armenian Church Bell from Iran. Asbarez. 7 September.
Yusuf Koyun (2017). Police seize ancient tapestry in southern Turkey. Andalou Agency. 21 August.
Amir Harrack (2017). Rescuing Assyrian Manuscripts in Iraq. AINA. 20 August.
The Express Tribune (2017). Stolen Gandharan artefacts. The Express Tribune. 12 August.
Ali Mustafayev (2017). Iran to return 7-century-old bell to Turkey. Azernews. 10 August.
Ma'an News Agency (2017). Waqf: Israeli forces did not steal historical documents and materials from Al-Aqsa. Ma'an News Agency. 10 August.
Reuters (2017). Israel bans men under 50 from disputed Jerusalem holy site. Cyprus Mail. 28 July.
Stephen Kalin (2017). After IS, Mosul rebuilds monuments, mosques – and society. Reuters. 26 July.
BBC News (2017). Israel removes flashpoint metal detectors at Jerusalem holy site. BBC News. 25 July.
Dale Stephens, Tara Gutman (2017). Destruction of Mosul's Great Mosque holds a heritage lesson for Australia. The Guardian. 29 June.
Emran Feroz (2017). The many headless Buddha. Qantera. 26 June.
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Anadolu Agency (2017). Smuggled Torah, artifacts seized in Turkey's northwest. Hurriyet Daily News. 25 April.
Daily Sabah (2017). Goldplated ancient Torah seized by Turkish security forces in antismuggling drive. Daily Sabah. 17 April.
Daniel Estrin (2017). Jewish family renews fight for Passover manuscript. The China Post. 12 April.
Regin Olimberio (2017). Fake Dead Sea Scrolls Sold In The US: Products Of Sophisticated Archeological Forgeries. The Science Times. 4 April.
Owen Jarus (2017). 28 New Dead Sea Scrolls Fragments Sold in US. Live Science. 4 April.
Nir Hasson (2017). Israel Arrests Temple Mount Officials After Assault on Archaeologists. Haaretz. 29 March.
The Jordan Times (2017). Antiquities agency chief says Jordan Codices fake. The Jordan Times. 9 March.
Hurriyet Daily News (2017). Ancient book stolen in Syria seized in Turkey. Hurriyet Daily News. 8 March.
The Jordan Times (2017). Jordan demands Israel halts works at Jerusalem's Umayyad Palaces. The Jordan Times. 1 March.
Matteo Fagotto (2017). The Monk Who Saves Manuscripts From ISIS. The Atlantic. 23 February.
Fatih Karacali (2017). Priceless 18th century icon seized in car trunk in Turkey's Adana. Hurriyet Daily News. 22 February.
Michelle Z. Donahue (2017). New Dead Sea Scrolls Find May Help Detect Forgeries. National Geographic. 14 February.
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Ori Lewis (2017). Ghost churches near Jordan River baptism site await reclamation. Reuters. 18 January.
Mehr News Agency (2017). Official laments smuggling of invaluable Shia manuscripts. Mehr News Agency. 12 January.
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Sky News (2016). Debate over whether Afghanistan's Buddhas should be reconstructed. Sky News. 30 November.
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These Sifrei Torah made it through hard times in Poland, Iraq, Portugal, Russia and elsewhere, before being reborn in new communities.( )
The Jerusalem Post (2016). These Sifrei Torah made it through hard times in Poland, Iraq, Portugal, Russia and elsewhere, before being reborn in new communities.. The Jerusalem Post. 24 October.
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UNESCO (2016). UNESCO Director-General condemns the destruction of a 9th century old mosque of Bani Matar in Yemen. Malaysia Sun. 4 September.
Daily Sabah (2016). 11th century Bible recovered in central Turkey. Daily Sabah. 30 August.
Roi Kais (2016). MKs turn to UNESCO to save prophet's tomb. Ynet News. 8 August.
Syria Direct (2016). 80%of Aleppo Old City square destroyed, residents lack tools to rebuild. Syria Direct. 4 August.
Daniel K. Eisenbud (2016). Police detain 5 Wakf members for illegally renovating Dome of Rock. The Jerusalem Post. 4 August.
AFP (2016). Salafists blow up 16-century mosque in Yemen. Al Arabiya. 31 July.
Mehr News Agency (2016). Iran's National Library receives 2 rare Quran manuscripts. Mehr News Agency. 23 July.
Gareth Harris (2016). The Prophet's Mosque in Medina, Islam's second holiest site, attacked. The Art Newspaper. 5 July.
Geneva Sands (2016). US Returns More Than 200 Stolen Artifacts to India After Federal Investigation. ABC United States. 6 June.
Alaa Nassar (2016). Syria's third-oldest mosque damaged by airstrike: 'A violation of historical sites'. Syria Direct. 2 June.
Mike Smith (2016). Israel wards off looters of antiquity high above the Dead Sea. Yahoo News. 2 June.
Yoni Kempinski (2016). National plan to save Dead Sea Scrolls from thieves. Arutz Sheva. 25 May.
Ross Burns (2016). While the world watches Palmyra, another of Syria's heritage sites risks destruction. Apollo. 20 May.
Lizzie Porter (2016). Looting rife, heritage sites destroyed: The state of Syria's history. Middle East Eye. 20 May.
Daily Sabah (2016). Police thwart sale of 600-year-old Torah in Istanbul. Daily Sabah. 29 April.
Associated Press (2016). Jewish family makes claims to prized Passover manuscript. The Daily Mail. 21 April.
David D'Arcy (2016). Is the Israel Museum's Birds' Head Haggadah Nazi-era loot?. The Art Newspaper. 6 April.
Sandy Rashty (2016). Yemeni authorities jail Jewish man over airlifted Torah. The Jewish Chronicle. 24 March.
Kanishk Tharoor (2016). Museum of Lost Objects: The Armenian church in Deir al-Zour. BBC News. 10 March.
Kanishk Tharoor (2016). Museum of Lost Objects: Mar Elian Monastery. BBC News. 7 March.
Kanishk Tharoor (2016). Museum of Lost Objects: Aleppo's minaret. BBC News. 3 March.
Associated Press (2016). Christian hamlet in Syria bears scars of fierce fighting. The Daily Mail. 3 March.
Ben Hartman (2016). Tel Aviv: Burglars indicted for heist of 17th Century manuscripts. The Jerusalem Post. 28 February.
The Hindu (2016). Panchaloha idol of Sri Ram stolen from Mudhol temple. The Hindu. 19 February.
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Shlomo Rizel (2016). From Auschwitz to Israel, the Saga of a Long-Lost Mini-Torah. Chabad.org. 11 January.
Judy Maltz (2015). My Great-grandfather, the Man Who Held the Key to the Aleppo Codex. Haaretz. 22 December.
Steven Fine (2015). Hanukkah at the Arch of Titus. Yale University News. 15 December.
Doğan News Agency (2015). Gilded Bible seized in Tokat. Hurriyet Daily News. 27 October.
Doğan News Agency (2015). 1600-year-old artifacts in Bodrum bay area looted. Hurriyet Daily News. 20 October.
Mike Boehm (2015). Legal settlement with Armenian church lets Getty Museum keep prized medieval Bible pages. Los Angeles Times. 21 September.
Jack Moore (2015). Israeli Media: Leader of Far-Right Lehava Group Admits Support for Destroying Churches. Newsweek. 6 August.
Ofer Aderet (2015). The antiquities thief who became one of Britain's richest men. Haaretz. 2 August.
The Times of Israel (2015). Police arrest Jewish suspects in arson at 'loaves and fishes' church. The Times of Israel. 12 July.
Bathsheva Sobelman (2015). Fire damages landmark Christian site in Israel; arson suspected. Los Angeles Times. 18 June.
Almanar News (2015). Statue of Virgin Mary Restored to Syria's Maaloula. Almanar News. 14 June.
Elise Knutson (2015). Lebanon safeguards region's cultural heritage. The Daily Star. 12 June.
Suzanne Vega (2015). Senators Attempt to Protect Stolen Jewish Artifacts in Iraq From ISIS. JP Updates. 10 June.
YLE (2015). Isis-looted treasures seized en route to Russia. YLE. 5 June.
Xinhua (2015). Ancient items retrieved by Syrian authorities. Xinhua. 26 May.
CCTV (2015). Ceremony held as stolen head of statue returned after 18 years. CCTV. 23 May.
Dorian Jones (2015). Turkey: Armenian Church Sues for Lost Property. Eurasia Net. 21 May.
The Hindu (2015). Two antique idols seized in Tuticorin. The Hindu. 14 May.
Lyn Julius (2014). UN Attempt to Save Jewish Sites from ISIS -Too Little Too Late?. Arutz Sheva. 7 December.
Al Monitor (2014). Syrian government says Maaloula's sites sacked by rebels. Al Monitor. 5 May.
Daniel K. Eisenbud (2014). Police confiscate ancient coffins from tomb raiders in Jerusalem. The Jerusalem Post. 31 March.
Kunda Dixit (2013). Christie's removes stolen Nepal artworks. Nepali Times. 22 March.