Baghdad Sketches Journeys Through Iraq

ISBN-10: 1848856555
ISBN-13: 9781848856554
Edition: 2011
Authors: Freya Stark
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Description: Freya Stark first journeyed to Iraq in 1927. Seven years after the establishment of the British Mandate, the modern state was in its infancy and worlds apart from the country it has since become. During her many years in Iraq, Freya Stark was  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: I. B. Tauris & Company, Limited
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 184
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.506
Language: English

Freya Stark first journeyed to Iraq in 1927. Seven years after the establishment of the British Mandate, the modern state was in its infancy and worlds apart from the country it has since become. During her many years in Iraq, Freya Stark was witness to the rise and fall of the British involvement in the country as well as the early years of independence. Typically - and controversially - she chose to live outside the close-knit western expatriate scene and immersed herself in the way of life of ordinary Iraqis - living in the 'native' quarter of the city and spending time with its tribal sheikhs and leaders. Venturing out of Baghdad, she travelled to Mosul, Nineveh, Tikrit and Najaf, where she perceptively describes the millennia-old tensions between Sunni and Shi'a, time not having dissipated their hatred. In the 1940s she returned again, this time travelling south, to the Marsh Arabs, whose way of life has now all but disappeared; north into Kurdistan and later, Kuwait, in the days before the oil boom. Painting a portrait of both the political and social preoccupations of the day as exquisitely as she does the people and landscapes of Iraq, Baghdad Sketches is a remarkable portrait of the country as it once was.

Foreword
The Desert Route
An Introduction from Damascus
In the Moslem Quarter
Marie the Armenian
Life in the Slum
The Making of a Nationalist
Concerning smells
A Chapter of Discord
The life of the River
A visit in the Desert
European and American Ladies in Iraq
The Social Status of Ladies
Concerning Manners
A syriac Christmas
Education
Ramadhan
The Fellahin
The Nisibin Road
The Young Effendi and the Sentimental Traveller
The Devil-Worshippers
The Death of Mandali
The Kuwait Journey
Kuwait II 1937
Failichah
The �ǣSlaves�Ǡ club
Cosmetics
Built on Sand
The �ǠAshura
One of the Four Holy Cities of Iraq
Samarra and Tekrit
Nejf
Illustrations
The Muezzin
The Shopkeepers had set out their Wares
The Life of the River
The Coffee shop

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