The British Museum Is in Trouble on Two Fronts on Stolen Heritage

When the Loot Is Looted

To reject political systems on account of their Western origin is to retreat into essentialism of a culture, whether “Arab,” “Islamic,” “African” or other, claiming that there is something specific to the people that requires them to live in a society different from others. Could world museums be a tool in overcoming such essentialism, helping break down rigid borders, both identity-based and geographical?