Iraqi Literary Heart Under Threat

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21 Jul 2014 14:06

Al-Mutanabi Street has been the literary heart of Baghdad for centuries. After ISIS took over swathes of northern Iraq, the street has seen a severe decline in business. Al-Mutanabi was once a meeting place for poets, writers, intellectuals and readers. The surge of buyers on Fridays allowed the booksellers to work only one day per week, but this old tradition has almost disappeared and book sales are down 90%. The volatile state of the region means that people no longer spend money on items that are not essential for survival, and books fall under this criteria.

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Iraq's Literary Heritage Under Threat
By TTM Contributor 16
18 Jul 2014

July 18, 2014
Baghdad, Iraq

Iyad al-Mallah, an Iraqi writer and journalist who stated that culture was influenced by the political situation, and that, especially in the last two months, there has been a clear recession in the cultural activities.

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Iraq's Literary Heritage Under Threat
By TTM Contributor 16
18 Jul 2014

July 18, 2014
Baghdad, Iraq

Iyad al-Mallah, an Iraqi writer and journalist who stated that culture was influenced by the political situation, and that, especially in the last two months, there has been a clear recession in the cultural activities.

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Iraq's Literary Heritage Under Threat
By TTM Contributor 16
18 Jul 2014

July 18, 2014
Baghdad, Iraq

Iyad al-Mallah, an Iraqi writer and journalist who stated that culture was influenced by the political situation, and that, especially in the last two months, there has been a clear recession in the cultural activities.

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Iraq's Literary Heritage Under Threat
By TTM Contributor 16
18 Jul 2014

July 18, 2014
Baghdad, Iraq

Iyad is a bookseller who says that sales have suffered a 90% decrease due to the worsening security and political situation in the country.

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Iraq's Literary Heritage Under Threat
By TTM Contributor 16
18 Jul 2014

July 18, 2014
Baghdad, Iraq

A bookseller in al-Mutanabi street hopes to make a sale.

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Iraq's Literary Heritage Under Threat
By TTM Contributor 16
18 Jul 2014

July 18, 2014
Baghdad, Iraq

Customers meet in the open coffee shop on al-Mutanabi street to drink tea and read books.

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Iraq's Literary Heritage Under Threat
By TTM Contributor 16
18 Jul 2014

July 18, 2014
Baghdad, Iraq

Customers meet in the open coffee shop on al-Mutanabi street to drink tea and read books.

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Iraq's Literary Heritage Under Threat
By TTM Contributor 16
18 Jul 2014

July 18, 2014
Baghdad, Iraq

Customers buy books on al-Mutanabi street.

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Iraq's Literary Heritage Under Threat
By TTM Contributor 16
18 Jul 2014

July 18, 2014
Baghdad, Iraq

An Iraqi policeman stands at the entrance of al-Mutanabi street and searches people to maintain the security of the street.

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Iraq's Literary Heritage Under Threat
By TTM Contributor 16
18 Jul 2014

July 18, 2014
Baghdad, Iraq

An Iraqi policeman stands at the entrance of al-Mutanabi street and searches people to maintain the security of the street.

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Iraq's Literary Heritage Under Threat
By TTM Contributor 16
18 Jul 2014

July 18, 2014
Baghdad, Iraq

Customers buy books on al-Mutanabi street.

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Iraq's Literary Heritage Under Threat
By TTM Contributor 16
18 Jul 2014

July 18, 2014
Baghdad, Iraq

Customers buy books on al-Mutanabi street.

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Iraq's Literary Heritage Under Threat
By TTM Contributor 16
18 Jul 2014

July 18, 2014
Baghdad, Iraq

Customers buy books on al-Mutanabi street.

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Iraq's Literary Heritage Under Threat
By TTM Contributor 16
18 Jul 2014

July 18, 2014
Baghdad, Iraq

Customers buy books on al-Mutanabi street.

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Iraq's Literary Heritage Under Threat
By TTM Contributor 16
18 Jul 2014

July 18, 2014
Baghdad, Iraq

An customer reads a book on al-Mutanabi street.

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Iraq's Literary Heritage Under Threat
By TTM Contributor 16
18 Jul 2014

July 18, 2014
Baghdad, Iraq

A customer looks at the books on al-Mutanabi street.

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Iraq's Literary Heritage Under Threat
By TTM Contributor 16
18 Jul 2014

July 18, 2014
Baghdad, Iraq

Al-Shahbandar coffee shop is an old Baghdadi institution.

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Iraq's Literary Heritage Under Threat
By TTM Contributor 16
18 Jul 2014

July 18, 2014
Baghdad, Iraq

Salah, a bookseller, tells us that sales have suffered a 90% decrease in June. He believes it is due to the security situation and instability in the city.