An Illustrated History
Gilles Munier; photography by Erik Bonnier
5" x 8" • 240 pages • full-color photos, maps
ISBN 9781566565134 (UK ISBN 9781844370184) • paperback • $20.00 •
“A sumptuously illustrated and well-documented history”—Islamic Horizons
“[A] superior guide… What one finds inside its covers is a visually striking, information-filled, absolutely riveting excursion through all regions of this ancient land, with historical and cultural threads woven into a narrative from which the reader—and potential traveler—comes away both enlightened and awe-struck. As well, library patrons simply wanting good, basic background on this highly topical place will find their needs met here.” – Booklist
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Iraq’s contemporary image provides few clues to the magnificence and power of her past. Known as Mesopotamia (“land between the two rivers”), Iraq, which lies between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, was probably the earliest center of human civilization. Here emerged the earliest scripts, the earliest architecture, and the earliest sciences. But Mesopotamia has always been in upheaval, down to the present day.
The past hundred years have progressively closed to western access the land of ancient Mesopotamia. Now, the Gulf War, the decade-long embargo, and the drumbeats of another war have all but locked the door to foreigners. Yet Gilles Munier has been able to travel extensively in this war-torn country, and he brings a refreshingly compassionate vision of the land that was once the cradle of humanity. He has visited the tomb of Islam’s first martyr at Karbala, lost himself in the tiny streets of old Baghdad, and trekked to Kurdistan, “Country of the Reeds.” The result is a sumptuously illustrated and impeccably documented history of the country whose borders include the ruins of ancient Nineveh, Chaldea (Abraham’s birthplace), Babylon, and Samara.
Embark upon a voyage of discovery to the place where writing was first invented, to the city that was the center of the Arab Golden Age, to the place where much that we still are once began.
Gilles Munier has lived in Algeria and Morocco and now resides in France. He is vice president of the Franco-Iraqi Institute for Economic Cooperation, and he regularly organizes business and cultural tours to Baghdad.
I looking for Iraq cultural,what the iraqi people think about the american troops there before and now. how the american treat the woman in diffrent parts of iraq, — nadia shaotha
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