ALGIERS- A new publication entirely dedicated to the Algerian tangible and intangible cultural heritage was recently published by the Ministry of Culture under the title “Ledjdar”.
The first issue of this new 120-page quarterly review opens with a file dedicated to “Palaces and fortifications of Emir Abdelkader” in addition to other contributions from specialists and academics on the funeral tombs of Jeddars in the Frenda region (Tiaret), the Tassili N’Ajjer park, the M’zab carpet and the traditional jewelry of Ath Yenni.
Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad, who wrote the editorial for this issue, considers heritage to be “the true definition of identity”. He believes that Algerian heritage requires “good development and promotion” in order to attract investment and “coordination between the Culture and Tourism sectors to become a vector for development (…) and a sustainable economic alternative “.
“Ledjdar” offers its readers a guided tour through the remains of the palaces and fortifications of Emir Abdelkader signed by the academic Abdelkader Dahdouh and which evokes the kalâa of Tagdemt in south of Mostaganem, Boughar in south of Médéa, Taza in the locality of Miliana and Saïda in Mascara which constituted a line of defense of the Emir.
The archaeologist gives a detailed description of each of the fortifications and reviews the destruction of these citadels by the colonial army. Abdelkader Dahdouh also signs a contribution on Emir Abdelkader’s coins.
Recently appointed head of the Office for the Management and Exploitation of Cultural Property, Abdelkader Dahdouh offers a focus on the thirteen funeral tombs of the Jeddars in the Frenda region, the construction of which dates back to the end of the 4th century for the oldest .
The publication also includes articles on the strategy of preservation and restoration of the mosaic, the dances accompanying the Ahellil classified as World Heritage of Humanity by Unesco in 2008, in the park of Tassili N’Ajjer, classified by Unesco in 1972, and the problem of unclassified remains of North Tassili threatened by human hands.
Archaeologist Mohamed Sahouni returns to the excavations of the archaeological basin of Ain Lahneche in the province of Sétif and which have allowed the discovery of traces of human presence dated 2.4 million years ago.
In addition to a photo report and a dossier on Arabic calligraphy, the review also includes a contribution on the need to exploit cultural heritage in the arts and literature. “Ledjdar” will be distributed free of charge in the various national museums as well as airports.