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Orit Bashkin


The Forgotten Protagonists: The Invasion and the Historian

[Iraqis waiting in line for food handouts in northwestern town of Biaj, 1 October 2009. Image from Fotopedia/DVIDSHUB.]

During the past week Americans, Europeans, and Middle Easterners were reminded of Iraq. A stream of photos, articles, essays, and analyses has tried to make sense of the situation in Iraq during the last decade. One group, however, does not need to be reminded of the gravity of the situation—the many Iraqis, men and women alike, whose lives have been irreversibly changed during the last decades. In this piece, I want to reflect on the kinds of themes historians have been ...

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New Texts Out Now: Orit Bashkin, New Babylonians: A History of Jews in Modern Iraq

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Orit Bashkin, New Babylonians: A History of Jews in Modern Iraq. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2012. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Orit Bashkin (OB): I became interested in the topic as a teenager, reading Hebrew novels written by Iraqi Jews who described their experiences in Iraq. When I was working on my first book I met Iraqi Jews who spoke to me about their experiences in Iraq, and Iraqi Muslims and Christians who spoke about their Jewish ...

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Orit Bashkin


Orit Bashkin is Associate Professor of Modern Middle East History at the University of Chicago. She is the author of The Other Iraq: Pluralism and Culture in Hashemite Iraq (Stanford, 2008) and New Babylonians: A History of Jews in Modern Iraq (Stanford, 2012).