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George Richards

George Richards is a British expert on the intangible cultural heritage of the Middle East. Since 2011, he has been a team leader on a number of ethnographical field research projects to preserve cultural heritage in the Middle East. These include: the "Clinging On" project, an expedition to record the experiences of the Christian communities of the Middle East, undertaken during the 2011 Arab uprisings, and which led to the rare in situ recording of Syriac liturgical chant in two monasteries in the mountainous Turkey-Syria-Iraq border region, subsequently published by the British Library; and the 2013 "Gleaming in the Dust" project, an investigation into the illicit trade of ancient Egyptian artifacts in the aftermath of the 2011 revolution in Egypt, including an audio documentary of the same name. He graduated in 2007 with an MA with first class honours in Arabic and Persian from the University of Edinburgh's Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies department.

George Richards has lectured at the University College London Institute of Archaeology, has appeared on the BBC as an expert on Iraqi minority communities, and has covered Middle Eastern affairs for a range of news outlets in Britain and the Arab world, including The Guardian, The Sunday Herald, Al-Ahram Weekly, Jadaliyya, and the Oman Daily Observer.

George Richards is also a qualified solicitor in England and Wales.

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