Bonus Material: A Photographic History of Baghdad’s Al Muthanna

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

Al Muthanna, the store discussed in today’s main story, has been at the center of literary life in Baghdad, Iraq for 70 years. These rare photos, from the store’s archives, offer a unique glimpse at the literary┬álife of 20th century Iraq.

Qasim al-Rajab (1919-1974), on Right, the Sheihk of Booksellers

Qasim al-Rajab (1919-1974), the Sheikh of Baghdad's Booksellers, on right


Booksellers and Customers


Store interior, mid-20th Century


Anas Quasim al-Rajab, 1999



After the fire, August 1999

About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.