By Stacy E. Holden
via assorted files starting from brief tales to treaties, political speeches to memoirs, and newspaper articles to e-book excerpts, the paintings synthesizes formerly marginalized views of minorities and ladies with the voices of the political elite to supply an built-in photograph of political switch from the Ottoman Empire in 1903 to the tip of the second one Bush management in 2008. overlaying a vast variety of subject matters, this bottom-up procedure permits readers to totally immerse themselves within the lives of daily Iraqis as they navigate regime shifts from the British to the Hashemite monarchy, the political upheaval of the Persian Gulf wars, and past. short introductions to every excerpt offer context and recommend questions for school room discussion.
This assortment bargains uncooked historical past, untainted and unfiltered by means of sleek political framework and idea, representing a fresh new method of the learn of Iraq.
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One of the women who had been robbed told me that some of the Hamavands had brought their wives with them, putting them behind rocks while the fight proceeded, and calling them out afterwards to enquire into the dress of the female captives more intimately than a man could have done; for in these Ottoman Mesopotamia, 1903–1920 / 33 Muslim lands even among the wildest Kurds, a man will seldom offend a Musulman woman’s modesty, and the Hamavand is a . . pious tribe, stopping . . its raiding parties to pray .
The British occupied this port city in order to protect its colony in India. They also wanted to protect the oil refineries in nearby Abadan. This last reason was made all the more important by the fact that the British had switched from coal to oil fuel in 1912. Basra had long had commercial links with India and English merchants, and the British easily occupied this city. From Basra, they would head north up the Tigris River, eventually reaching Mosul in 1918. As shown in the following passage, the occupation of the Ottomans’ Mesopotamian provinces wrought important changes for the people there.
Yet our English author recommends these samples of Christian meekness of spirit as meet for imitation. ’ If report be trusted both alcohol as well as the ‘other things’ are much indulged in our new possessions on the Shat’ in a way that is of course not quite on the surface. This unthinking truculence which the author above referred to so inaptly and so fatuously recommends is, I find, aptly illustrated in a cartoon of a recent issue of the Basra Times, where is exhibited a British subaltern or clerk in shirt-sleeves, pretending to speak to his Hindu attendant in the vernacular and misunderstanding the reply, violently kicks the unfortunate servant out of the room.
A Documentary History of Modern Iraq by Stacy E. Holden