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Jala Makhzoumi and Mona Damluji


Baghdad through Latif al-Ani's Lens

[View of Rasheed Street with the Mijan Mosque (circa 1350) and the cylindrical white Burj Abboud by architects Abdullah Ihsan Kamil and Rifat Chadirji (1955), 1960s. Photo by Latif el-Ani/Courtesy of the Arab Image Foundation.]

Latif al-Ani, born in 1932 in Baghdad, was a member of the photography unit at the Iraq Petroleum Company (IPC) between 1954 and 1960. His photographs were frequently published in the IPC publication Ahl el-Naft (People of Oil). In 1960 he went on to found the photography department at the Iraqi Ministry of Culture and to head the official Iraqi News Agency. He photographed throughout Iraq until the mid-1970s when political considerations curtailed his work.  This ...

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Jala Makhzoumi and Mona Damluji

Jala Makhzoumi studied architecture in Baghdad. She received her Master in Environmental Design from Yale University and her PhD in Landscape Architecture from Sheffield University. She is affiliate professor at the American University of Beirut and co-founder of UNIT44 a Lebanon-based interdisciplinary design and planning consultancy. Jala has pioneered landscape architecture in the region through professional practice and an academic career that spans thirty-five years. In practice and research she advocates a holistic landscape approach that mediates community needs with ecosystem health, biodiversity protection, and landscape heritage conservation. She is recipient of the Tammayouz Award for Women in Architecture and Construction, profiled by the Aga Khan Women Architects. Her publications include Ecological Landscape Design and Planning: the Mediterranean context, co-author Pungetti (Spon, 1999), The Right to Landscape, contesting landscape and human rights, co-editors Egoz and Pungetti (Ashgate, 2012), and Horizon 101 (Dar Qonboz, 2010) a reflective collection of paintings and prose on landscape and identity.  

Mona Damluji is Associate Dean of Community Engagement and Diversity and Director of The Markaz: Resource Center at Stanford University. She received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. Her current book project is a study of cultural infrastructures of oil in the Middle East.