Koya on the Road of Civilisation

The International Conference held in koya for 3 days. On 1st April at 10 a.m. in Koya university- presidency hall- with attending the president and his assistants, the teaching staff, Koya University students, and a large number of guests from inside Iraq and abroad. With participating of professionals from local and international academics in the fields of archaeology, history, geography, language, and different professions from Kurdistan, Iraq, Czech, Austria, Germany, and Portuguese the conference started. 

On the first day of the conference, in the morning, Prof. Dr. Wali M. Hamad the president of Koya University delivered a speech. Then the scientific committee article read by Prof. Dr. Haydar Lashkry the vice president of scientific affairs.

The Keynote Speakers were:

  • - Prof. Cinzia Pappi, : Come, Tell Me Where You Live ? Perceptions of Local Antiquity and Cultural Awareness in the Region of Koya.
  • - Assoc. Prof. Jorge Correia, University of Minho: Learning from Koya: Academia, Knowledge, Humanism
  • - Prof. Zainab Bahrani, Columbia University: Historical Environments: The Preservation of the Past Today
  • - Assoc. Prof. Karel Nováček, Palacký University Olomouc: Medieval history of Koya
  • - Prof. Emad Abdel Salam Rauf, Salahaddin University-Erbil: Koya schools in the Ottoman era
  • - Muhammad Ali Qaradaghi, Kurdish Academy: A known scholar from Koya

The First Day

Koya Geography

Koya Geography was the title of the first panel at 2:30 p.m. in Koya University presidency hall and ran by Asst. Prof. Dr. Ashty Salam. The participants of the panel were:

  • - Assist. Prof. Dr. Rostam Salam Aziz, Assist. Lecturer, Rawaz Rostam Hamadamin, Assist. Lecturer, Muzafer Kanaby Omer, Koya University: Land Cover Classification in Rural Area of Koya District Using Remote Sensing and GIS
  • - Assist. prof. Dr. Nali Jawad Hamad, Koya University: The Effect of degree slope into different land uses in the centre of Koya
  • - Dr. Hiwa Amen Jalal, Koya University: Geographical analysis of the Old neighbourhoods of Koya
  • - Assist. Lec. Bahra Ridha Othman, Koya University: The most important problems of agricultural development at Koya district and its solutions
Modern Poetry in Koya

The Modern Poetry in koya was the title of the second panel from the same day of the conference from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. in Koya University Presidency hall B and ran by Prof. Dr. Jalal A. Saeed. The participants were:

  • - Assist. prof. Dr. Paxshan Sabir Hamad, Soran University: Koya and poetry as inseparable twins for invention identity – A cognitive semantic study
  • - Lec. Rezan Othman Mustafa, Salahaddin University-Erbil; Kanyaw Othman Mustafa, Ministry of Education: Zainab Khan - Between the equation of social change and the text
  • - Assist. Lec. Rizgar Omer Fattah, Koya University: the intellectual role of Aram Salih- A descriptive- analytical research.
On the same day, archaeologists and constructionists went out to visit the historical places of Koya city. In addition, a number of cultural and art activities were done under the Umbrella Organization for developments with Tourism Directorate of Koya, Lapzerin Cultural Cell, Zuiside Organization, Haibatsultan Mountaineering Group, Youth Activity Center and Bahar Idris. 

Prof. Cinzia Pappi from Innsbruck University –Austria and Azady University in Berlin – Germany was one of the keynote speakers and he is a profession in Mesopotamia archaeology said” 10 years before now, I decided to come to Kurdistan to conduct a scientific project in archaeology. I have a long history with Koya University.

In 2010, I worked on a project in Satuqala. After that with Koya University, we decided to make an archaeological scan for Koya area in 2015. Therefore, both Prof.Dr. Wali M. Hamad, Prof.Dr. Haydar Lashkry the vice president and our department in Austria University have signed an agreement for logistic aid to run the project. I have also suggested opening a training course for History and geography department students in a way that they will be directly working with us in exploration places practically to know how to deal with these actions”.

He added in response to a question about his contribution to the conference” I was the first speaker and I gave information to our projects. The reason for being here from 2015 until now is to rewrite the history of Kurdistan because the history of this area is older than what you know. So we can say that Koya area is a multicultural and civilization place.

The Second Day

On the second day of the conference 02/04/2019, A number of Sessions ran in the presidency halls. At 9:30 a.m. the following panels were run:

Archaeology as a Source for Studying Koya History 
Session Chair: Assist. Prof. Dr. Kameran M. Jalal

  • - Assist. Prof. Dr.Narmen Ali Muhamad Amen, Salahaddin University-Erbil: Two archaeological sites in Koya; Qalai Shila and Mar Bene Qadisha
  • - Dr. Dlshad A. Marf (Zamua), Salahaddin University-Erbil: Chronology of the ancient history and civilizations of Koya district in light of the cuneiform records and the archaeological evidence
  • - Hemin Naman Kawes, Directorate of archaeology - Koya: The Heritage Buildings in Koya : Problems and Obstacles to their Development
The linguistic and intellectual legacy of the Jalizada
Session Chair: Assist. Prof. Dr. Laith Hazm Mahmud
  • - Assist. prof. Dr. Amir Rfiq Awlla Almasifi, Soran University: The manifestations of linguistic interpretation in the interpretation of Mullah Muhammad Koye, Surah al - Baqarah model
  • - Assist. prof. Dr. Dhiya Abduirazaq Ayoob, Koya University: The paradox in the articles of Massoud Muhammad
  • - Assist. prof. Dr. Hishyar Zeki Hassen, Malay Gawre research centre: Rhetoric Discourse: Between the Intellectual means and the Philosophical End
Religious centres in Koya and its scientific and religious role

Session Chair: Assist. Prof. Dr. Kamaran Aziz Abdullah

  • - prof. Dr. Jawad Faki Ali joum Haidari, Koya University: Koya mosques and its role in the scientific and cultural movement
  • - Assist . prof. Dr. Aras Muhammad Salih, University of Sulaimani: Scientific and Cultural Movement In Koya in the nineteenth century
  • - Asst. Lect. Omar Hasan Saed, Koya University: Malay Gewra Muhammad Jalizadeh and the impact of his judiciary on the development of the spirit of coexistence Between Religions in Koya
Art in Koya

Session Chair: Assist. Prof. Dr. Rezan S. Mawlud

  • - Assist. prof. Dr. Kaify Ahmad AbdulQader, Koya University: History of theatre in Koya from the beginning until 1980
  • - Dr. Abdulwahid Idrees Sharif, Koya University: The artist Khalid Dler - owner of a bunch of compositions and anthems
Architectural Style in Koya 

Session Chair: Assist. Prof. Azad Atoof Al-Saati

  • - Zhiry Hawez Baiz and Wezha Hawez Baiz: Koya’s archaeological sites in number: renovation as a tourism sector for financial purpose
  • - Dedar Salam Khoshnaw , Parween Karim and Zana Fattah Ali: Sustainable urban conservation in heritage area- case of Koya city
  • - Raz Saeed Faraj and Sahar Basil Al-Qaisi: Local Late Ottoman Architectural Style in Koya: Old Qaisaria as a Case Study
  • - Layla M. Raswol: Solutions for Sustainable Urban Development in Duhok City
  • - Manar Nazar Ahmed: The Impact of Using Local Traditional Building Materials in Reducing Energy Consuming in Residential Units of Koya
  • - Dawa Azad Aziz Masih and Manar Nazar Ahmed: Measurement of Acoustical Characteristics of Two Mosques in Iraqi Kurdistan
Koya in the historical sources 

Session Chair: Assist. Prof. Dr. Hewa Hameed Shareef

  • - Assist. prof. Dr.Mahdi Othman Haruti, Koya University: The absentee of the Koya history in the medieval sources - analytical study
  • - Assist. prof. Dr. Saman Hussain Ahmad, University of Sulaimani: Koya From the perspective of the travellers, missionaries and diplomats (19th-20th centuries)
  • - Assist. prof. Dr. Bakhtyar Saeed Mahmud, Salahaddin University-Erbil: Koya in the annual reports of Mosul province (Salname-i Vilayet-i) and the ‘Kamus-al alam’
  • - Assist. Lec. Zana Taifor Abulsamad, Prof. Dr. Jawad F. Ali, Koya University: Koya and its scholars according to the interpretation of Malay Gawra
Social and Economic Dimensions of the City

Session Chair: Assist. Prof. Dr. Kawa Ali

  • - Dr. Afaf Yousif Noori, Nadia Omer Ahmad, Erbil Polytechnic University: The Promotion of Tourism Marketing in Koya town the reality and the ambition
  • - Dr. Hataw Kareem Khidir, Huda Sabah, Erbil Polytechnic University: The Role of Social and Cultural components in Tourism Development - A Filed Study in Koya Governorate
  • - Dr. Aaraz H. Radha, Salahaddin University-Erbi, Abbas Sharif Ahmad, Koya University: The relationship between Symbolic Violence and Quality of Learning among Koya University's students
Plenary Talks about Architectural Heritage

Session Chair: Assist. Prof. Azad Atoof Al-Saati

Prof. Zainab Bahrani: Plenary Talk: Mapping Time in Amadiya/Amedi

Assoc. Prof. Jorge Correia: Plenary Talk: Guimarães, From Its Origins to UNESCO: Urban History and Heritage Challenges

The Third Day

The third day of the conference on 03/04/2019, some panels ran as follows:

Political and cultural life in modern times

Session Chair: Assist. Prof. Dr. Jamal F. Taib

  • - prof. Dr. Sarwar Abdulrahman Omer, Pay institute for Education and development: the Bolshevik movement in Koya 1920
  • - Hersh Kamal Rekani, Qubbahan manuscript & archive research centre: Koya and its writers in Peshkawtn Magazine during 1958- 1963
Dr. Qaraman Nadir Muhammad, Lec. Kakakhan Nasradin, Koya University: Taq Taq on the Road of civilization during (1991-2003) 

The Accent of Koya

Session Chair: Assist. Prof. Dr. Omar Mahmood Kareem

  • - Dr. Salah Hwayyiz Rasool, Koya University: Some of the Koya accent features, which become their identity
  • - Dr. Sherwan Hussen Hammad, Assist. Lec. Tavga Omer Hama, University of Raparin: Some phonological phenomena of Koya Variety
  • - Dr. Rozhan Noori Abdullah, Lec. Shadan Sh. Sabr, Koya University: the elder's dictionary in Koya accent.
Closed Session

Session Chair: Assist. Prof. Dr. Sahar Al-Qaisi

  • - Sahar Al-Qaisi: Introduction
  • - Prof. Cinzia Pappi: My experience with the excavations in Koya
  • - Ali Mahdi, Junaid Amer and Mustafa Hasan: The Experience of Ziusudra NGO
  • - Mohammed Al-Hasani, Farabi University: Baghdad Downtown Tour Project
Finally, in a formal ceremony, the conference has ended.

Prepared by: Saman Nasaddin
Photography: Dlhad Kakarash

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