Blogs in May 2020

The Baghdad Eucharist 2nd May 2020

Displaced by the sectarian violence in the city, Maha and her husband are taken in by a distant cousin, Youssef. As the growing turmoil around them seeps into their household, a rare argument breaks out between the elderly Youssef...

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Babylon’s Ark: The Incredible Wartime Rescue of the Baghdad Zoo 28th April 2020

When the Iraq war began, conservationist Lawrence Anthony could think of only one thing: the fate of the Baghdad Zoo, located in the city centre and caught in the war’s crossfire. Once Anthony entered Baghdad he discovered that full-scale...

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Baghdad Noir 15th February 2020

From ‘I Killed Her Because I Loved Her’ by Muhsin al-Ramli: The neighbourhood, timeless with its narrow, smelly lanes, seemed to have been forgotten since it came into being with the foundation of Baghdad in Abbasid times. The streets...

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The Boy of the Mosque 15th February 2020

In the Year ‪1258, Baghdad‬, the capital of the great Abbasid Caliphate, fell to the Moguls. Within hours, the city of enlightenment was swallowed up by darkness, another society becoming a victim of hatred and greed. The mighty Tigris...

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The House of Wisdom 15th February 2020

This is the true story of Ishaq, a young boy in ninth-century Baghdad. And it is the story of the House of Wisdom. More than a house, more than a library, more even than a palace, the House of...

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