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- Publisher: Createspace
- Format: Paperback | 56 pages
- Dimensions: 152mm x 229mm x 3mm | 136g
- Publication date: 26 April 2013
- ISBN 10: 1484192214
- ISBN 13: 9781484192214
- Edition: 2
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
"BAGHDAD: Historical Sketch and Monuments" is a concise account of the construction of Baghdad during the Abbasid period. The book also describes some of the old monuments that survived to our present-day. The author, Taha Baqir, managed to transform a complicated and rigid historical account into a very friendly-readable book. Definitely, the book is of great value to both specialists and the general public.
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Taha Baqir was one of the most renowned Iraqi historians and archeologists. Since the 1940s, Baqir excavated and deciphered numerous mathematical, legal, and literary cuneiform tablets in Iraq. He discovered the 4000-year-old Laws of Eshnunna (preceding the famous Code of Hammurabi) and he translated the Epic of Gilgamesh directly from Akkadian to Arabic. Baqir authored numerous monumental articles and books. He was educated at the American University of Beirut and the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago. Taha Baqir was born in Babylon 1912 and he died in Baghdad, Iraq, in 1984.