Historian of pre-modern Iraq. Independent scholar living in Amman, Jordan. UCLA graduate. Author of The Politics of Regional Trade in Iraq, Arabia and the Gulf , 1745-1900 (SUNY Press, 1997).
Lots of facts and colour about modern Iraq and Iraqis. Archive for May 2004 Friday, May 14, 2004:
Abstracted titles to make it easier to see what might be of interest.
* A Day at the Races
Reminds me of a racecourse I visited with my parents, which must have been East of the river. The only fact I know is that it was run by a man called Dickie Bird, who showed us round on a non race day.
* Iraq and the Notion of Geographical Determinism
* In Memoriam: Dr. Khalid Al-Qassab (1924-2004)
* Poetry and the Women Question in Iraq
* Remembering Mr. Hourani and Dr. Enayat
* The Multiplicity of Iraqi Identities, and What It All Means
* The Decline of the Shoe Industry in Iraq
* Two Historians of Another Era: Abbas Al-Azzawi and Ya’qub Sarkis.
My second school in Kharradah was by a Mrs. Sarkis. I wonder if this was the same family. She was left-handed (hand twisted as if it was a right hand.) I remember her saying, as we stood in line with our exercise books waiting to have them marked, "Don't write like this!". In fact, I did, and suffered for hours in examination rooms from aching wrist and cramp...
* The Street that was Straight
* The Fascinating Saga of Dhannun Ayyub, an Early Literary Figure in Iraq
* The Iraqi Press in the Tens, Twenties and Thirties (PART ONE)
* "She is Iraq’s Um Kulthoum”
* A Tribe of the Mid-Euphrates, and the Vagaries of Change
* Desegregating a Baghdad Cafe
* In This Manner I Knew Them: The Writings of Jaafar Al-Khalili
* A Landholding Family with Merchant Roots
* Askari Street
The street Hala I lived on in Baghdad in the 1950’s
memories of a childhood in Iraq in the 1950s * thoughts on events in the Middle East