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

Edited by Raymond W. Baker, Tareq Y. Ismael, and Shereen T. Ismael

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

Edited by Raymond W. Baker, Tareq Y. Ismael, and Shereen T. Ismael

Distributed for Pluto Press

312 pages | 5.31496 x 8.46457
Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9780745328126 Published January 2010 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $85.00 ISBN: 9780745328133 Published January 2010 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

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.

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
Index

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