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Baghdad: An Urban History through the Lens of Literature, by Iman Al-Attar

Abstract
In recent years, Baghdad has been viewed as a battleground for political conflicts; this interpretation has heavily influenced writings on the city. This book moves away from these perspectives to present an interdisciplinary exploration into the urban history of Baghdad through the lens of literature. It argues that urban literature is an effective complementary source to conventional historiography, using in-depth analysis of texts, poems and historical narratives of non-monumental urban spaces to reveal an underexamined facet of the city’s development. The book focuses on three key themes, spatial, nostalgic and reflective, to offer a new approach to the study of Baghdad’s history, with a view to establishing and informing further strategies for future urban developments. Beginning with the first planned city in the eighth century, it looks at the urban transformations that influenced building trends and architectural styles until the nineteenth century. It will appeal to academics and researchers in interdisciplinary fields such as architecture, urban history, Islamic studies and Arabic literature
Language
eng
Literary Form
non fiction
Copyright
Edition
First edition.
Note
Originally presented as the author's thesis (doctoral--University of Tasmania, 2014) under the title: Textual representations of the socio-urban history of Baghdad : critical approaches to the historiography of Baghdad in the 18th and 19th centuries
Physical Description
1 online resource (122 pages).
Specific Material Designation
remote
Form Of Item
online
Isbn
9780429459931

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