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Cultural Cleansing in Iraq

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Why did the invasion of Iraq result in the destruction of culture and murder 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' wilful 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 book lays to rest claims that the invasion aimed to free an educated population to develop its own culture of democracy.


Part I: Formulating and Executing the Policy of Cultural Cleansing
1. Introduction by Raymond W. Baker, Shereen T. Ismael and Tareq Y. Ismael
2. Cultural Cleansing in Comparative Perspective by Glenn E. Perry
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 by Zainab Bahrani
4. The Status of Iraq's Archaeological Heritage: Report on the Destruction of Archaeological Sites, Museums and Historical Monuments in Occupied Iraq by Abbas Husainy
5. Negligient Mnemocide and the Shattering of Iraqi Collective Memory by Nabil Al Tikriti (University of Mary Washington, USA)
Part B: The Present and the Future
6. Killing the Intellectual Class by Dahr Jamil and Max Fuller
Dirk Adriaensens
7. The Purging of Minds by Philip Marfleet
8. Minorities in Iraq: The Other Victims by Mokhtar Lamani
Part III: Appendices
Appendix I. Reflections on Death Anxiety and University Professors in Iraq by Faris K. O. Nadhmi
Appendix II. List of Murdered Academics
About the Contributors


Titel: Cultural Cleansing in Iraq
Untertitel: Why Museums Were Looted, Libraries Burned and Academics Murdered
EAN: 9781783718283
ISBN: 978-1-78371-828-3
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Pluto Press
Genre: Geschichte
Anzahl Seiten: 312
Veröffentlichung: 06.11.2009
Jahr: 2009
Auflage: 1. Auflage
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 1.6 MB