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Iraq in Turmoil: Historical Perspectives of Dr. Ali al-Wardi, From the Ottoman Empire to King Feisal
     

Iraq in Turmoil: Historical Perspectives of Dr. Ali al-Wardi, From the Ottoman Empire to King Feisal

by Youssef H.
 

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This is a unique collection of essays highlighting Iraq’s social, political and military history from a purely Iraqi perspective. Dr. Ali al-Wardi (1913-1995) attended the American University of Beirut in 1943 and then traveled to the United States to attain his Masters and Doctorate degrees in Sociology at the University of Texas in 1948 and 1950 respectively.

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This is a unique collection of essays highlighting Iraq’s social, political and military history from a purely Iraqi perspective. Dr. Ali al-Wardi (1913-1995) attended the American University of Beirut in 1943 and then traveled to the United States to attain his Masters and Doctorate degrees in Sociology at the University of Texas in 1948 and 1950 respectively. He would return to Iraq and spend a career teaching, however his main legacy is a multi-volume work in Arabic that began to be published in late 1951 and ended in the early 1970s with his eighth book. It is a two decade work that highlights the history of Iraq from the arrival of the Ottomans to the monarchy of King Feisal I in 1925. Wardi’s volumes are read by a wide variety of Iraqi society, and this volume is an introduction to this pivotal Arabic work to English readers. It brings alive how the Ottomans, British and Safavid Persians dealt with sectarianism in Iraq and the battles fought over key areas of Iraq. It is required reading for those with an interest in or who are deploying to Iraq. Wardi's work also discusses the dynamics of the 1920 Revolt, a year long insurgency against the British that was only satisified when London engineered a political solution to its advantage. That solution became the imposition of a monarchy under King Feisal of Iraq, who was not Iraqi. The monarchy would topple in 1958 and see the rise of Baathism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781612511009
Publisher:
Naval Institute Press
Publication date:
07/15/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
File size:
776 KB

Meet the Author

Youssef H., Aboul-Enein: is a U.S. Navy Medical Service Corps Commander and Middle East Foreign Area Officer. He currently is Adjunct Military Professor and Chair of Islamic Studies at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He is formerly Senior Advisor, Warning Officer and Instructor on Militant Islamist Ideology at the Joint Intelligence Task Force for Combating Terrorism and the author of Militant Islamist Ideology: Understanding the Global Threat.

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