TITLE

Iraqis Take Refuge in Books

AUTHOR(S)
Hamdan, Amal
PUB. DATE
July 2004
SOURCE
Library Times International: world news digest of library & info;Jul2004, Vol. 21 Issue 1, p4
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Nearly one year on since the U.S.-led war against Iraq, the National Library in Baghdad, Iraq, is still a burnt shell of its former glory. This makes Suq al-Mutanabi the only other option left for book lovers. Established about 1912, the Suq is located in an area steeped in Iraq's cultural and social life. In the Suq, books on history, religion and politics jostle for shelf space with novels by John Grisham and former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir's autobiography. The Suq is particularly vibrant, as the holiday crowd rummages through books in English, French and Arabic. lyad Nawfal has been selling books in the suq for the past 14 years. Sales have dropped over the past year because of a sudden influx of books in the suq, forcing Nawfal to slash prices. While seeing the flood of texts as a blow, Abd Allah Abd Al-Hadi says it has given his stand more variety and is attracting more customers. He proudly shows off the latest English additions to his stand, including J.K. Rowling's book "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." Saad Bashir Iskaridar, the National Library's General Manager, said that Wahhabi Islamist books hot off the press are being sold way below their cover price.
ACCESSION #
14013159

 

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