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 life of 20th century Iraq.
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
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.