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Baghdad free pdf For much of its extraordinary life, Baghdad, known for centuries as the "City of Peace," enjoyed both cultural and commercial preeminence. For five centuries it was the seat of the Abbasid Empire, a marvel of glittering palaces, exquisite parks, magnificent mosques, and Islamic colleges. It was a city boasting the most accomplished astronomers, mathematicians, doctors, musicians, and poets-it was here, in the time of the caliphs, that the great Arabic classic One Thousand and One Nights was set. With its teeming markets watered by the Tigris, Baghdad was a thriving trading emporium, attracting merchants from Central Asia to the Atlantic- its economy was the envy of West and East alike. Yet Baghdad's inhabitants have also seen many terrible hardships, from epidemics and famines to invasions and devastating floods. And it has also been one of the most violent cities on earth. When U.S. troops entered in 2003, they became the latest participants in a turbulent history stretching back to the city's founding in 762. Over most of its thirteen-century history, Baghdad has endured the rule of brutal strongmen, from capricious caliphs to Saddam Hussein- and it has suffered violent occupations at the hands of its conquerors, from the Mongol Hulagu, grandson of Genghis Khan, to Tamerlane, known as the "Sword Arm of Israel." Here, in this vivid new history-the first published in English in nearly a century-Justin Marozzi brings to life the whole splendorous and tumultuous story of what was once the greatest capital on earth.

About Justin Marozzi

Justin Marozzi is an author and journalist who has been praised as "the most brilliant of the new generation of travel writer-historians" (Sunday Telegraph). He has traveled extensively in the Middle East and the Muslim world and has worked in conflict and post-conflict Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, and Darfur. He is the author of four previous books, including Tamerlane and The Way of Herodotus, and he is a regular contributor to a wide range of national and international publications, including the Financial Times, Spectator, Times, Sunday Telegraph, and Guardian, where he writes on international affairs and the Muslim world. In 2011 he was elected as a Councilor of the Royal Geographical Society and appointed a Senior Research Fellow in Journalism and the Popular Understanding of History at Buckingham University's Humanities Research Institute.

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Author : Justin Marozzi
Publisher : Da Capo Press Inc
Data Published : 04 November 2014
ISBN : 0306823985
EAN : 9780306823985
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 536 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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