Iraq: The Ancient Sites and Iraqi Kurdistan (Bradt Travel Guides 2nd Revised edition)

Iraq: The Ancient Sites and Iraqi Kurdistan (Bradt Travel Guides 2nd Revised edition)

By: Geoff Hann (author), Karen Dabrowska (author), Tina Townsend-Greaves (author)Paperback

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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.

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About 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 www.anotheriraq.com focusing on positive developments in the country.

Contents

Introduction x PART ONE GENERAL INFORMATION 1 Chapter 1 Background Information 3 Geography and climate 3, Natural history and conservation 5, Government and politics 8, Economy 11, People 14, Language 17, Religion 18, Education 26, Culture 27 Chapter 2 History 37 Early Mesopotamia 37, Before Sumer 38, The Sumerians 39, Babylon and Hammurabi 40, The Assyrians 41, Babylon revisited 41, Persian conquest 43, Alexander the Great 43, The Umayyads 43, The Abbasids 46, The Mongols 49, The Ottomans 50, Modern times 52, Occupation and first experiments with democracy 64, Iraq under Maliki 66 Chapter 3 Archaeology 69 Introduction 69, The history of archaeology in Iraq 71, Archaeology in Iraq today 76, The future 79 Chapter 4 Practical Information 83 When to visit 83, Highlights 83, Suggested itineraries 84, Tour operators 87, Red tape 89, Police and military 90, Embassies 90, Getting there and away 92, Health 94, Safety 98, Women travellers 100, Travellers with disabilities 100, Gay and lesbian travellers 101, Travelling with kids 101, What to take 101, Money 102, Budgeting 102, Getting around 103, Accommodation 104, Eating and drinking 105, Public holidays and festivals 107, Shopping 108, Media and communications 110, Business 111, Buying a property 112, Cultural etiquette 112, Travelling positively 114 PART TWO BETWEEN THE TWO RIVERS 117 Chapter 5 Baghdad and Environs 119 History 119, Getting there and away 129, Getting around 133, Tourist information 134, Tour operators 134, Where to stay 134, Where to eat and drink 137, Entertainment 137, Culture 139, Shopping 140, Sports/fitness 141, Other practicalities 141, What to see and do 142, Around Baghdad 156 Chapter 6 East and West of Baghdad 169 Baquba 169, Around Baquba 172, The international border crossing in Diyala Province to Iran 173 Fallujah 173, Around Fallujah 175, Ramadi 177, Around Ramadi 179, The international border crossings in Anbar Province to Syria and Jordan 179, Rutba 181, Balad 184, Samarra 185, Tikrit (Salah ad Din) 194, Around Tikrit 196, Barji (Bayji) 196 Chapter 7 Kirkuk and Mosul 199 Kirkuk 199, Around Kirkuk 204, Mosul 208, Around Mosul 217, To the north of Mosul 227, To the east of Mosul 235, To the west of Mosul 235, To the south of Mosul 239 Chapter 8 The Road South 248 History 248, Kerbala (Shrine City) 253, Around Kerbala 260, Ukhaider 262, Around Ukhaider 265, Al-Hilla 265, Babylon 266, Around Babylon 272, Ancient Borsippa (Birs Nimrud) 276, Al-Kifl or Chifal 277, Kufa 280, Najaf 283, Around Najaf 293, Al-Hira 294, Heading further south 294, Diwaniyah 296, Nippur (Naifar) 296, Isin 298, Samawah 300, Around Samawah 301, Uruk 302, Larsa (modern Tell Senkereh) 304, Tell Ubaid 306, Eridu (Tell Abu Sharein) 308, Ur (Tell Muqeihar) 309, Nasiriyah 314 Chapter 9 Return from Basra 317 Basra 317, Around Basra 327, Querna 328, The Marshes 329, Al-Uzair (continuing on the road north) 340, Al- Amarah 341, Al-Kut 342, Al-Hiba (Lagash) 344, Wasit 346 PART THREE IRAQI KURDISTAN 349 Chapter 10 Practicalities in Kurdistan 351 General information 351, Practical information 363, Highlights 364, Suggested itineraries 364, Tour operators 366, Red tape 366, Embassies and other representation 367, Getting there and away 367, Health 368, Safety 368, Women travellers 369, Gay travellers 369, Travellers with disabilities 370, Travelling with kids 370, What to take 370, Money 370, Getting around 370, Accommodation 371, Eating and drinking 371, Public holidays 373, Shopping 374, Arts and entertainment 374, Media and communications 375, Business 376, Buying a property 376, Cultural etiquette 376, Travelling positively 378 Chapter 11 Erbil and Environs 379 History 379, Getting there and away 380, Getting around 382, Tourist information 382, Where to stay 382, Where to eat and drink 385, Entertainment 386, Shopping 387, Sports/fi tness 387, Other practicalities 388, What to see and do 388, Around Erbil 390 Chapter 12 Dohuk and Environs 393 History 393, Getting there and away 394, Getting around 394, Tourist information 395, Where to stay 395, Where to eat and drink 396, Entertainment 397, Shopping 397, Sports/fi tness 398, Other practicalities 398, What to see and do 398, Around Dohuk 399 Chapter 13 Suleimaniyah and Environs 403 History 403, Getting there and away 404, Getting around 404, Where to stay 404, Where to eat and drink 406, Entertainment 406, Shopping 407, Sports/fi tness 407, Other practicalities 407, What to see and do 407, Around Suleimaniyah 408 Appendix 1 Language 411 Appendix 2 Further Information 415 Appendix 3 Bibliography 421 Index 423

Product Details

  • publication date: 07/08/2015
  • ISBN13: 9781841624884
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 440
  • ID: 9781841624884
  • weight: 499
  • ISBN10: 1841624888
  • edition: 2nd Revised edition

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