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Once Upon a Time in Baghdad

Margo Kirtikar

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ISBN 10: 1456853759 / ISBN 13: 9781456853754
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308 pages. Dimensions: 8.9in. x 6.0in. x 0.9in.The young womans close-ups of life of the Baghdad of that time are intimate memories triggered by the onslaught of the invasion of Iraq. Long seemingly lost voices come alive, painting portraits of the city, family life, customs and cultures. A young womans coming of age in the Arab world is charmingly sketched, French Convent School, the Indian community in Baghdad, peaceful upper middle class everyday life is shown in its familiarity and self understoodness. Then again this world is set within historical developments and political interests of European and American powers in the Middle East, where the larger picture is drawn. The jump in scale continues with even larger sweeps of a cultural background drawn back to the Assyrians, the Golden Age of Baghdad until an intricate palimpsest holds the various pieces as a journey into the past with an eye on the present and a hope for the future of Baghdad, that it may become once again a blooming multicultural hub open and vibrant to the world and its inhabitants. This book is a must read for all those interested in the multi-layered past and potential of a beautiful Arab city Baghdad. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9781456853754

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Title: Once Upon a Time in Baghdad

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

Book Type: Paperback

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The young woman's close-ups of life of the Baghdad of that time are intimate memories triggered by the onslaught of the invasion of Iraq. Long seemingly lost voices come alive, painting portraits of the city, family life, customs and cultures. A young woman's coming of age in the Arab world is charmingly sketched, French Convent School, the Indian community in Baghdad, peaceful upper middle class everyday life is shown in its familiarity and self understoodness. Then again this world is set within historical developments and political interests of European and American powers in the Middle East, where the larger picture is drawn. The jump in scale continues with even larger sweeps of a cultural background drawn back to the Assyrians, the Golden Age of Baghdad until an intricate palimpsest holds the various pieces as a journey into the past with an eye on the present and a hope for the future of Baghdad, that it may become once again a blooming multicultural hub open and vibrant to the world and its inhabitants.This book is a must read for all those interested in the multi-layered past and potential of a beautiful Arab city Baghdad. 

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Different reasons inspired me to write this book. One was to document the kaleidoscope of my background and origin, for my own children and grandchildren with all the complexities of multi-cultures, multi-religious, multi-lingual very rich way of life. Today the world is inundated with young offspring of multi-national parents, young people who speak at least two languages if not more, who are accustomed to traveling and living back and forth between different nations. There is a problem, however, many of them are so confused, trying hard to be one or the other, missing out on the fact that their life is so full of richness and cultural abundance, that they can have the best of both worlds, if only they can learn to embrace it all and enjoy it. Another reason, which was just as important for me, was to reach the ears of all the younger generations of the Moslem Arabs in particular living in and out of the Middle East, so they can understand that it is possible for the Middle East to be cosmopolitan, and that peoples of different cultures and religions can live together side by side in peace and harmony.One other fact that I wanted to stress in my book is that not all Arabs are moslems and not all Moslems are Arabs. Christian Arabs who are now scattered all over the world are just as much Arab as any other Arab in the Middle East and Arabic was also spoken and written by Christian Arabs. Christianity after all was born in the Middle East and not in Rome! 

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