Iraqi Books Hit the International Market for First Time Since the War

In English Language by Chip Rossetti

• Iraq’s publishing and bookselling industry has been damaged by decades of war, sanctions and violence. • However, Baghdad’s al-Muthanna Library — a traditional Iraqi publishing and bookselling powerhouse — has just released its first catalog of fiction and non-fiction titles for the international market since the war. By Chip Rossetti BAGHDAD: Founded in 1936, the al-Muthanna Library in Baghdad …

The Bookseller of Baghdad (Part Two)

In Feature Articles by Chip Rossetti

By Chip Rossetti Today Publishing Perspectives concludes its profile of Ibrahim Anas Al-Rajab, director of Baghdad’s legendary Al-Muthanna Library, and one of Iraq’s leading booksellers. Yesterday, Part One focused on the history of the store, from the early 20th century to 1999. Today, we pick up the story at the start of the first Gulf War in 1990 and carry …

Bonus Material: 1,000 Year Old Baghdad Book Market Survives Bombing

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka There’s an old saying in Iraq concerning literature: “In Cairo they write. In Beirut they print. In Baghdad we read.” The intellectual heart of Baghdad has, for much of the past millennium, been Mutanabi Street, where many of the city’s bookstores and most popular cafes are located. The street is named after the first century poet Abul Tayyeb …