Tag Archives: Iraq

Artist’s ‘blank books’ project seeks to restock historic Baghdad library

“An Iraqi-American artist is using online crowdfunding and performance art to help return books to the shelves of the University of Baghdad’s library, which burnt down during the Iraq war.The library of the university’s college of fine arts hosted more than 70,000 titles until looters set fire to the entire collection in 2003. The building has been reconstructed, but very few books were returned.” (via The Guardian)

Comments Off on Artist’s ‘blank books’ project seeks to restock historic Baghdad library

As Islamic State group threatens its history, Iraq moves to digitize its national library

“The dimly lit, dust-caked stacks of the Baghdad National Library hide a treasure of the ages: crinkled, yellowing papers holding the true stories of sultans and kings; imperialists and socialists; occupation and liberation; war and peace. These are the original chronicles of Iraq’s rich and tumultuous history — and now librarians and academics in Baghdad are working feverishly to preserve what’s left after thousands of documents were lost or damaged at the height of the U.S.-led invasion.” (via AP)

Comments Off on As Islamic State group threatens its history, Iraq moves to digitize its national library

Iraqi libraries ransacked by Islamic State group in Mosul

“When Islamic State militants invaded the Central Library of Mosul last month, they were on a mission to destroy a familiar enemy: other people’s ideas. Residents say the extremists smashed the locks that had protected the biggest repository of learning in the northern Iraq town, and loaded about 2,000 books — including children’s stories, poetry, philosophy, and tomes on sports, health, culture and science — into six pickup trucks. They left only Islamic texts. The rest? (via AP)

Comments Off on Iraqi libraries ransacked by Islamic State group in Mosul

Young Iraqi hopes books will stop his peers from migrating

“Bathed in the rainbow-colored light of an old Baghdadi window, Ali al-Makhzomy explained his plan to get technology-obsessed young Iraqis to read books — old-fashioned books, with pages. Outside the cafe where he sat, concrete blocks protect businesses from car bombs. Eleven years after the toppling of Saddam Hussein, young people who despair of a future in Iraq are still trying to emigrate. Many of those who remain hope that their country will someday emerge as a new version of ultra-modern, oil-rich Dubai.” (via The Washington Post)

Comments Off on Young Iraqi hopes books will stop his peers from migrating

National Archives Unveils Iraqi Jewish Artifacts in Exhibit Opening November 8

“[On] Friday, November 8, the National Archives will unveil a new exhibition, “Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage.” The exhibit details the dramatic recovery of historic materials relating to the Jewish community in Iraq from a flooded basement in Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters, and the National Archives’ ongoing work in support of U.S. Government efforts to preserve these materials.” (via National Archives)

Comments Off on National Archives Unveils Iraqi Jewish Artifacts in Exhibit Opening November 8

TROVE OF IRAQI JEWISH BELONGINGS TO GO ON DISPLAY

“The tattered Torah scroll fragments, Bibles and other religious texts found in a flooded Baghdad basement 10 years ago testify to a once-thriving Jewish population thats all but disappeared from Iraq.Recovered from the Iraqi intelligence headquarters and shipped to the United States for years of painstaking conservation was a literary trove of more than 2,700 books and tens of thousands of documents that are being digitized and put online. A sample of that treasure is being displayed for the first time this fall at the National Archives in Washington.” (via Associated Press)

Comments Off on TROVE OF IRAQI JEWISH BELONGINGS TO GO ON DISPLAY

A Corner of American Outreach Has Few Visitors, and Plenty of Dust

NYT – “In a nook of the library at Baghdad University, sturdy histories of the American Revolution and the Vietnam War line up next to Alexis de Tocqueville and John Updike. Paperbacks from Tom Clancy and Michael Connelly, even Judy Blume, dangle guilty pleasures. And, as if to close the loop on Americana, baseball makes a token appearance with a copy of “Farm Team,” a novel about a boy who builds a ball field in a cow pasture. Yet, the readers never come.”

Comments Off on A Corner of American Outreach Has Few Visitors, and Plenty of Dust

Tug-of-war over Iraqi Jewish trove in US hands

AP – “A trove of Jewish books and other materials, rescued from a sewage-filled Baghdad basement during the 2003 invasion, is now caught up in a tug-of-war between the U.S. and Iraq. Ranging from a medieval religious book to children’s Hebrew primers, from photos to Torah cases, the collection is testimony to a once vibrant Jewish community in Baghdad. Their present-day context is the relationship, fraught with distrust, between postwar Iraq and its Jewish diaspora. Discovered in a basement used by Saddam Hussein’s secret police, the collection was sent to the U.S. for safekeeping and restoration, and sat at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in Maryland until last year, when Iraqi officials started a campaign to get it back.”

Comments Off on Tug-of-war over Iraqi Jewish trove in US hands

How goes Iraq? View from a bookstore is revealing

Associated Press – “The Iqraa bookstore on Mutanabi street has more than tripled in size in the last two years. Business is up 50 percent since 2003. But, say the store’s two owners, the future is uncertain as long as they can’t count on safe streets, stable government and reliable electricity supplies.”

Comments Off on How goes Iraq? View from a bookstore is revealing

Iraq reclaims a Jewish history it once shunned

AP – “It was seized from Jewish families and wound up soaking in sewage water in the basement of a secret police building. Rescued from the chaos that engulfed Baghdad as Saddam Hussein was toppled, it now sits in safekeeping in an office near Washington, D.C. Like this country’s once great Jewish community, the Iraqi Jewish Archive of books, manuscripts, records and other materials has gone through turbulent times. Now another twist may be in store: Iraq wants it back.”

Leave a Comment

© Copyright 2016, Information Today, Inc., All rights reserved.