[URBANTH-L]query: ethnographies of contemporary Iraq

Mark A. Schuller marky at umail.ucsb.edu
Tue Dec 12 01:08:56 EST 2006

Thank you for this.

I was also sent a reference:

Bernhardsson, Magnus T.  2006.  Reclaiming a Plundered Past:  
Archaeology and Nation Building in Modern Iraq.  Austin: University of  
Texas Press.


And i stumbled on a documentary film that i haven't yet seen, by an  
NYU professor Sinan Antoon.

InCounter Productions.  2003.  About Baghdad.


Hope these references are helpful!

Jeffrey Cole <colej at dowling.edu> wrote:

> I woud recommend Rory Stewart's The Prince of the Marshes and Other
> Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq (Harcourt, 2006).  Stewart served
> in the CPA for a year in two southern Iraqi provinces, and provides a
> vivid account of deaing with the CPA administration in Baghdad on one
> hand and three large militias in his area on the other.   Countless are
> the many dilemmas he encounters in an effort foster a degree of
> stability, growth, and democracy.  While the book isn't a (traditional)
> ethnography, he writes well and makes references to earlier studies of
> Marsh Arabs and postwar rebuilding efforts.  Also, students in my
> Peoples and Cultures of the MIddle East course liked it.
> Jeffrey Cole, Ph.D.
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>>>> "Mark A. Schuller" <marky at umail.ucsb.edu> 12/08/06 3:21 PM >>>
> Hello all,
> I feel like i should know the answer to this question, but does anyone
> know of a good ethnography of contemporary (2003 and beyond) Iraq?
> Thank you in advance.
> -Mark Schuller
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