PICTURES OF DAMAGED LIBRARIES IN IRAQ


| Introduction |

| Bayt al-Hikma | Maktabat al-Awqaf | Al-Majma' al-'Ilmi al-'Iraqi - Iraqi Academy of Sciences | Dar al-Makhtutat | Dar al-Kutub wa-al-Watha'iq - National Library |


Introduction

The photographs presented here document damage to libraries in Iraq during and after the war in April 2003. Most of them are provided by Nabil al-Tikriti, a doctoral candidate in the Deptartment of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. They were taken during his trip to Baghdad on 25-31 May 2003. They accompany his report: Iraq Manuscript Collections, Archives, & Libraries: Situation Report, dated 8 June 2003. The remaining photographs were taken by McGuire Gibson, Professor of Mesopotamian Archaeology, The Oriental Institute, University of Chicago. He was a member of the UNESCO team which visited Baghdad in May 2003.

Some other reports on the library crisis in Iraq are collected at the Middle East Librarians Association Committee on Iraqi Libraries Home Page


Bayt al-Hikma - click on the thumbnails for more detail

Bayt al-Hikma, External View of Burned Portion. Photograph courtesy of McGuire Gibson.

Bayt al-Hikma, External View of Burned Portion. Photograph courtesy of Nabil al-Tikriti.

Bayt al-Hikma, Hall View, Abbasid-era portion. Photograph courtesy of Nabil al-Tikriti.

Bayt al-Hikma, Hall View, Abbasid-era portion. Photograph courtesy of Nabil al-Tikriti.

Bayt al-Hikma, Hall View, Abbasid-era portion. Photograph courtesy of Nabil al-Tikriti.

Bayt al-Hikma, Tilework, Abbasid-era portion. Photograph courtesy of Nabil al-Tikriti.

Bayt al-Hikma, Courtyard View, Abbasid-era portion. Photograph courtesy of Nabil al-Tikriti.

Bayt al-Hikma, Courtyard View, Abbasid-era portion. Photograph courtesy of Nabil al-Tikriti.

Bayt al-Hikma, pile of documents. Photograph courtesy of Nabil al-Tikriti.

Bayt al-Hikma, pile of documents Photograph courtesy of Nabil al-Tikriti.

Bayt al-Hikma, Burned Second Floor View. Photograph courtesy of Nabil al-Tikriti.

Bayt al-Hikma, Recovered Books. Photograph courtesy of Nabil al-Tikriti.

Bayt al-Hikma, Western Literature Collection. Photograph courtesy of Nabil al-Tikriti.

Bayt al-Hikma, Burned Lecture Hall. Photograph courtesy of McGuire Gibson.

Bayt al-Hikma, Burned Lecture Hall. Photograph courtesy of Nabil al-Tikriti.

Bayt al-Hikma, Signs. Photograph courtesy of Nabil al-Tikriti.


Maktabat al-Awqaf - click on the thumbnails for more detail

Maktabat al-Awqaf, Emptied and looted trunk. Photograph courtesy of Nabil al-Tikriti.

Maktabat al-Awqaf, Carbonized folios. Photograph courtesy of Nabil al-Tikriti.

Maktabat al-Awqaf, Front gate view. Photograph courtesy of Nabil al-Tikriti.

Maktabat al-Awqaf, Burned interior view. Photograph courtesy of Nabil al-Tikriti.

Maktabat al-Awqaf, Burned interior view. Photograph courtesy of Nabil al-Tikriti.

Maktabat al-Awqaf, Carbonized photos. Photograph courtesy of Nabil al-Tikriti.


Al-Majma' al-'Ilmi al-'Iraqi - Iraqi Academy of Sciences - click on the thumbnails for more detail

Al-Majma' al-'Ilmi al-'Iraqi - Iraqi Academy of Sciences, External view. Photograph courtesy of Nabil al-Tikriti.

Al-Majma' al-'Ilmi al-'Iraqi - Iraqi Academy of Sciences, Crashed front gate. Photograph courtesy of Nabil al-Tikriti.

Al-Majma' al-'Ilmi al-'Iraqi - Iraqi Academy of Sciences, Manuscript room. Photograph courtesy of Nabil al-Tikriti.


Dar al-Makhtutat - click on the thumbnail for more detail

Dar al-Makhtutat, gallery view. Photograph courtesy of Nabil al-Tikriti.

 


Dar al-Kutub wa-al-Watha'iq - National Library - click on the thumbnails for more detail

Dar al-Kutub wa-al-Watha'iq - National Library, Burned front of the library. Photograph courtesy of McGuire Gibson.

Dar al-Kutub wa-al-Watha'iq - National Library, ground floor of the National Library - looting and fire damage. Photograph courtesy of McGuire Gibson.

Dar al-Kutub wa-al-Watha'iq - National Library, looting and fire damage. Photograph courtesy of McGuire Gibson.

Dar al-Kutub wa-al-Watha'iq - National Library, looting and fire damage. Photograph courtesy of McGuire Gibson.

Dar al-Kutub wa-al-Watha'iq - National Library, incinerated paper. Photograph courtesy of McGuire Gibson.

Dar al-Kutub wa-al-Watha'iq - National Library, damage to newspapers/periodicals. Photograph courtesy of McGuire Gibson.

Dar al-Kutub wa-al-Watha'iq - National Library, damage to newspapers/periodicals. Photograph courtesy of McGuire Gibson.

Dar al-Kutub wa-al-Watha'iq - National Library, burned stairwell to upper levels. Photograph courtesy of McGuire Gibson.

Dar al-Kutub wa-al-Watha'iq - National Library, books which were awaiting processing at the time of the destruction. Photograph courtesy of McGuire Gibson.


 

 

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Revised: July 18, 2003
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