The Marsh Arabs

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The Marsh Arabs

The Marsh Arabs

  • Author: Wilfred Thesiger
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Euphrates River Valley
  • Page: 233
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Wilfred Thesiger's classic account of the eight years he spent living with the tribespeople of the Marshes of Iraq. First published in 1964 to great acclaim, this book by one of the century's greatest explorers describes a way of life which lasted for thousands of years, but has now all but vanished. Travelling with his medicine boxes and his teams of canoemen around the junction between the Tigris and the Euphrates, Thesiger visited nearly every village in the Central Marshes and came to know intimately the people who inhabit this landscape of islands, lakes and waterways, living with them in their reed houses and sharing their unique way of life. He beautifully evokes the landscape and its teeming wildlife and vividly brings to life the many friends he made among the Marsh Arabs. His extraordinary photographs provide a stunning record of the last remnants of a people and their culture.

The Iraqi Marshlands and the Marsh Arabs

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The Iraqi Marshlands and the Marsh Arabs

The Iraqi Marshlands and the Marsh Arabs

The Ma'dan, Their Culture and the Environment

  • Author: Sam Kubba
  • Publisher: Trans Pacific Press
  • ISBN: 9780863723339
  • Category: History
  • Page: 286
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The people of the Iraqi Marshlands are heirs to a culture that can be traced back thousands of years, and prior to the 1970s (i.e. before they were systematically desiccated by Saddam Hussein), these marshes comprised the largest wetland ecosystem in the Middle East. It is also a site considered by many scholars as the inspiration for the biblical Garden of Eden in the Bible and the Koran, as well as the site where the Great Flood occurred, and the birthplace of the patriarch Abraham. The Iraqi Marshlands are therefore an area of major significance in the history of the three monotheistic religions: Christianity, Islam and Judaism. The Iraqi Marshlands and the Marsh Arabs will be the definitive text for all those wishing to develop an in-depth understanding of a rich cultural legacy and lifestyle that survives today only as a fragmented cultural inheritance. The book clearly and compassionately illustrates how, until recent decades, the economy and lives of the Ma'dan (Marsh Arabs) that spans over five thousand years remained similar to the ancient practices of their Sumerian forbears, and how the current marsh dwellers with their impressive reed houses (mudhif) and long canoes (mashufs) are our only link with this rich cultural past. The book is also a moving testament to these forgotten people, whose habitats, villages and very lives were progressively snuffed out by the Iraqi government during the repressive reign of Saddam Hussein. It highlights precisely how and why Saddam methodically tried to destroy these wetlands, and explores the enormous international efforts now underway to restore them. Finally, the book also demonstrates the inevitable environmental consequences of Saddam's massive destruction of the marshes; the extinction of endagered species of birds, animals and plants that were endemic to the marshes and are found nowhere else.

The Marsh Arab

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The Marsh Arab

The Marsh Arab

Haji Rikkan

  • Author: Fulanain
  • Publisher: Philadelphia : J.B. Lippincott Company
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Arabs
  • Page: 322
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An account of Arab tribal life in two of the confederations of Iraq, the Albu Mohammad and the Bani Lām.

The Tribes Of The Marsh Arabs of Iraq

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The Tribes Of The Marsh Arabs of Iraq

The Tribes Of The Marsh Arabs of Iraq

The World of Haji Rikkan

  • Author: Fulanain,
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1136193383
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 256
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The Arab tribes of Iraq differ widely in custom but remain in all essentials of thought and conduct a distinctive and unique group. Their land embraces wide deserts, fertile fields and boundless swamps; its unique features shape the lives of its people. Taking the figure of Haji Rikkan as a central focus, the writer-traveller attempts to create a picture of Arab tribal life as a whole.

Iraq's Marsh Arabs in the Garden of Eden

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Iraq's Marsh Arabs in the Garden of Eden

Iraq's Marsh Arabs in the Garden of Eden

  • Author: Edward L. Ochsenschlager
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
  • ISBN: 193453675X
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 264
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What can the present tell us about the past? From 1968 to 1990, Edward Ochsenschlager conducted ethnoarchaeological fieldwork near a mound called al-Hiba, in the marshes of southern Iraq. In examining the material culture of three tribes—their use of mud, reed, wood, and bitumen, and their husbandry of cattle, water buffalo, and sheep—he chronicles what is now a lost way of life. He helps us understand ancient manufacturing processes, an artifact's significance and the skill of those who create and use it, and the substantial moral authority wielded by village craftspeople. He reveals the complexities involved in the process of change, both natural and enforced. Al-Hiba contains the remains of Sumerian people who lived in the marshes more than 5,000 years ago in a similar ecological setting, using similar material resources. The archaeological evidence provides insights into everyday life in antiquity. Ochsenschlager enhances the comparisons of past and present by extensive illustrations from his fieldwork and also from the University Museum's rare archival photographs taken in the late nineteenth century by John Henry Haynes. This was long before Saddam Hussein drove one of the tribes from the marshes, forced the Bedouin to live elsewhere, and irrevocably changed the lives of those who tried to stay.

Return to the Marshes

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Return to the Marshes

Return to the Marshes

Life with the Marsh Arabs of Iraq

  • Author: Gavin Young
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • ISBN: 0571280978
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 186
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It was the legendary traveller Wilfred Thesiger who first introduced Gavin Young to the Marshes of Iraq. Since then Young has been entranced by both the beauty of the Marshes and by the Marsh Arabs who inhabit them, a people whose lifestyle is almost unchanged from that of their predecessors, the Ancient Sumerians. On his return to the Marshes some years later Gavin Young found that the twentieth-century had rudely intruded on this lifestyle and that war was threatening to make the Marsh Arabs existence extinct. Return to the Marshes, first published in 1977, is at once a moving tribute to a unique way of life as well as a love story to a place and its people. 'A superbly written essay which combines warmth of personal tone, a good deal of easy historical scholarship and a talent for vivid description rarely found outside good fiction.' Jonathan Raban, Sunday Times

Iraq the People

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Iraq the People

Iraq the People

  • Author: April Fast
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • ISBN: 9780778793199
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Page: 32
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Offers a history of the people of Iraq and describes daily life in the cities and rural areas, education, and favorite foods of Iraq.

The Prince of the Marshes

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The Prince of the Marshes

The Prince of the Marshes

And Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq

  • Author: Rory Stewart
  • Publisher: HMH
  • ISBN: 9780156033008
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 416
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An adventurous diplomat’s “engrossing and often darkly humorous” memoir of working with Iraqis after the fall of Saddam Hussein(Publishers Weekly). In August 2003, at the age of thirty, Rory Stewart took a taxi from Jordan to Baghdad. A Farsi-speaking British diplomat who had recently completed an epic walk from Turkey to Bangladesh, he was soon appointed deputy governor of Amarah and then Nasiriyah, provinces in the remote, impoverished marsh regions of southern Iraq. He spent the next eleven months negotiating hostage releases, holding elections, and splicing together some semblance of an infrastructure for a population of millions teetering on the brink of civil war. The Prince of the Marshes tells the story of Stewart’s year. As a participant he takes us inside the occupation and beyond the Green Zone, introducing us to a colorful cast of Iraqis and revealing the complexity and fragility of a society we struggle to understand. By turns funny and harrowing, moving and incisive, it amounts to a unique portrait of heroism and the tragedy that intervention inevitably courts in the modern age.

Support for Environmental Management of the Iraqi Marshlands, 2004-2009

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Support for Environmental Management of the Iraqi Marshlands, 2004-2009

Support for Environmental Management of the Iraqi Marshlands, 2004-2009

  • Author: Chizuru Aoki,United Nations Environment Programme
  • Publisher: UNEP/Earthprint
  • ISBN: 9789280730258
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 100
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This publication is a completion report for "UNEP Support for Environmental Management of the Iraqi Marshlands" project, which was one of the largest environmental projects conducted within the framework of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) Iraq Trust Fund. The publication presents the background of the project, project activities, and major outputs and results. it also makes recommendations on additional initiatives to improve the environmental conditions for the Marshlands area as well as for the country. Through this project, UNEP supported sustainable management and rehabilitation of the Iraqi Marshlands in the post-conflict and reconstruction period of 2004 to 2009, by monitoring environmental conditions, raising capacity of Iraqi decision makers, and providing drinking water, sanitation, and wetland management options on a pilot basis through the applications of Environmentally Sound Technologies (ESTs). Based on the success of this project, UNEP's initiatives in this area are now transitioning to focus on more longer-term management programming. This project was implemented with financial support from the UNDG Iraq Trust Fund and the Governments of Japan and Italy.

Called to Account

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Called to Account

Called to Account

The indictment of Anthony Charles Lynton Blair for the crime of aggression against Iraq - a Hearing

  • Author: Richard Norton Taylor,Nicolas Kent
  • Publisher: Oberon Books
  • ISBN: 1849436894
  • Category: Drama
  • Page: 120
  • View: 3388
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Featuring verbatim testimony from key political and security fi gures, this play examines the criminal implications of the British Government’s decision to use force against Iraq. Two leading barristers have examined a range of witnesses in order to test the evidence of the grounds for the indictment of the British Prime Minister. The play is presented as a trial in which the audience decides whether an indictment is proven.