Cultural Cleansing in Iraq

Cultural Cleansing in Iraq : Why Museums Were Looted, Libraries Burned and Academics Murdered

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Why did the invasion of Iraq result in cultural destruction and killings of intellectuals? Convention sees accidents of war and poor planning in a campaign to liberate Iraqis. The authors argue instead that the invasion aimed to dismantle the Iraqi state to remake it as a client regime. Post-invasion chaos created conditions under which the cultural foundations of the state could be undermined. The authors painstakingly document the consequences of the occupiers' willful inaction and worse, which led to the ravaging of one of the world's oldest recorded cultures. Targeted assassination of over 400 academics, kidnapping and the forced flight of thousands of doctors, lawyers, artists and other intellectuals add up to cultural cleansing. This important work lays to rest claims that the invasion aimed to free an educated population to develop its own culture of democracy.show more

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  • Hardback | 312 pages
  • 142.24 x 218.44 x 25.4mm | 294.83g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 6 figures
  • 074532813X
  • 9780745328133
  • 2,187,812

About Raymond William Baker

Raymond William Baker is Professor of International Politics, Trinity College, USA, and Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the American University in Cairo. His most recent book is Islam Without Fear: Egypt and the New Islamists. Shereen T. Ismael is an Assistant Professor of Social Work and MSW Field Coordinator in the School of Social Work, Carleton University. In addition to her book Child Poverty and the Canadian Welfare State: from Entitlement to Charity (2006), she is the editor of Globalization: Policies, Challenges and Responses (1999). Tareq Y. Ismael is a professor of Political Science at the University of Calgary, Canada & President of the International Centre for Contemporary Middle East Studies at eastern Mediterranean University. His most recent works include Middle East Politics Today (2001), Turkey's Foreign Policy in the 21st Century (2003), & Iraq: The Human Cost of History (2003).show more

Table of contents

Dedication Preface Part I: Formulating and Executing the Policy of Cultural Cleansing 1 - Introduction Raymond W. Baker (Trinity College, USA and the American University in Cairo, Egypt) Shereen T. Ismael (Carleton University, Canada) Tareq Y. Ismael (The University of Calgary, Canada) 2 - Cultural Cleansing in Comparative Perspective Glenn E. Perry (Indiana State University, USA) Part II: Policy in Motion: Destroying the Past, Killing the Future Part A: The Assault on Iraq's Incomparable History 3 - Archaeology and the Strategies of War Zainab Bahrani (Columbia University, USA) 4 - The Status of Iraq's Archaeological Heritage: Report on the Destruction of Archaeological Sites, Museums and Historical Monuments in Occupied Iraq Abbas Husainy (former Chairman of Iraq's State Board of Antiquities and Heritage) 5 - Negligient Mnemocide and the Shattering of Iraqi Collective Memory Nabil Al Tikriti (University of Mary Washington, USA) Part B: The Present and the Future 6 - Killing the Intellectual Class Dahr Jamil (Independent Journalist) Max Fuller (Independent Researcher) Dirk Adriaensens (Coordinator of SOS Iraq) 7 - The Purging of Minds Philip Marfleet (University of East London, UK) 8 - Minorities in Iraq: The Other Victims Mokhtar Lamani (Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation and Former Special Representative of the Arab League in Iraq) Part III: Appendices Appendix I. Reflections on Death Anxiety and University Professors in Iraq Faris K. O. Nadhmi (The University of Baghdad) Appendix II. List of Murdered Academics About the Contributors Indexshow more

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If you are looking for a textbook that provides a view of Middle East politics free of colonial bias, ... [this] book plainly fulfil this fundamental requirement. Informed by the empathy of belonging as well as by a critical objectivity enhanced by a long experience in teaching the region to students ... , this book is a safe guide to the political intricacies of the Middle East. -- Gilbert Achcar, Professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of Londonshow more

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