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Iraq : The Ancient Sites & Iraqi Kurdistan - Bradt Travel Guide


The Ancient Sites & Iraqi Kurdistan

Paperback Published: 7th August 2015
ISBN: 9781841624884
Number Of Pages: 440

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This brand new edition of Bradt's unique guide to Iraq gives up-to-date travel information and also informs the armchair traveller about the history and exciting archaeological prospects of this ancient land with a rich culture. Ancient sites such as Babylon and Ur, the stunning architecture of the country's mosques, the natural beauty and wildlife of the Marshes and beautiful Iraqi handicrafts create a myriad of attractions to inspire even the most seasoned traveller.

The authors, Geoff Hann, Karen Dabrowska and Tina Townsend-Greaves, bring their considerable knowledge and understanding of Iraq to provide all the practical and background information needed to explore this country and to get the most out of your trip. Advice on cultural awareness and religious sensitivity in the context of Iraqi history, along with where to get the latest information on which parts of the country you can still visit, make this an invaluable guide.

About the Author

Geoff Hann is the owner and managing director of Hinterland Travel, the only UK-based travel company currently organizing tours to Iraq. He has been taking tourists to the country since 1970 and ran the famous post-war tour, following the toppling of Saddam Hussain in October 2003. In April 2007 he led the first group of tourists into Iraqi Kurdistan. He advised the TV programme 'Top Gear' on travel to and in Kurdistan for a TV Christmas special and his expertise is constantly sought by the press and other media.

Karen Dabrowska has visited most Arab countires, including Iraq for the first time in 1986, and since 2011 has been the London correspondent for the Tripoli Post. In 2004 she set up a website anotheriraq focusing on positive developments in the country.

PART ONE GENERAL INFORMATION Chapter 1 Background Historical sketch (the ancient kingdoms, Umayyads, Abassids and Ottomans, the emergency of modern Iraq, Saddam's Iraq, life under sanctions, post-Saddam Iraq), Geography 5, Climate 6, Flora and fauna , Population , Government , Iraq Governorates , Major towns , Economy , Ethnic groups and languages , Religion: the Sunni-Shia divide, archaeological sites. Chapter 2 Practical Information When to visit and how, Highlights/suggested Itineraries, Tour operators, Red tape, Getting there and away, Heath. Safety, What to take, money (budgeting), Getting around, Accommodation, Eating and drinking, Public holidays and festivals, Shopping, Arts and entertainment, Photography, Media and Communications, Business, Buying property, Embassies, Cultural dos and don'ts, Interacting with local people, Giving something back. PART TWO GUIDE TO IRAQ Chapter 3 Baghdad and the Sunni Triangle Introduction: Background, the founder of Baghdad, growth and prosperity, decline of Baghdad, rebirth and conflict, Mongol rule, the Ottoman Era, the 20th century, the 2003 war, After the war, sectarian cleansing, bloodshed and the Green Zone, Baghdad Today: life goes on despite the bombs. Baghdad sites: getting there and away, embassies, where to stay, what to eat, entertainment, what to see: archaeological sites, museums, art galleries, historical buildings, mosques and shrines, churches, parks, monuments, shopping, Baghdad tour. Beyond Baghdad: Kut, Fallujah, Ramadi, Ruthba, Habbiniyah Tourist Village. Chapter 4 The South Introduction: The Shia heartland - how it all began, history, the 20th century, the 2003 war. Najaf and Kerbala, Kufa, Kifal,Ein Al Tamr. The marshlands. The cities of the south: Amarah, Nasiriyah, Ubaid, Al Azair, Basrah, Abul Khasib, Um Kasr, Safwan. Chapter 5 The north Mosul and Kirkuk PART THREE GUIDE TO IRAQI KURDISTAN Chapter 6 Background information, practical information. Dohuk Arbil Suleimaniyah Chapter 7 Postscript Appendix 1 Further Information Bibliography

ISBN: 9781841624884
ISBN-10: 1841624888
Series: Bradt Travel Guides
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 440
Published: 7th August 2015
Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 13.5 x 21.6  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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