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Iraq in Wartime
Soldiering, Martyrdom, and Remembrance

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  • Date Published: April 2013
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521711531

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  • When U.S.-led forces invaded Iraq in 2003, they occupied a country that had been at war for twenty-three years. Yet in their attempts to understand Iraqi society and history, few policy makers, analysts, and journalists took into account the profound impact that Iraq's long engagement with war had on the Iraqis' everyday engagement with politics, with the business of managing their daily lives, and on their cultural imagination. Starting with the Iran-Iraq War, through the First Gulf War and sanctions, Dina Rizk Khoury traces the political, social, and cultural processes of the normalization of war in Iraq during the last twenty-three years of Ba'thist rule. Drawing on government documents and interviews, Khoury argues that war was a form of everyday bureaucratic governance and examines the Iraqi government's policies of creating consent, managing resistance and religious diversity, and shaping public culture. Khoury focuses on the men and families of those who fought and died during the Iran-Iraq and First Gulf wars. Coming on the tenth anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, this book tells a multilayered story of a society in which war has become the norm.

    • This is the first book analyzing war in an Arab country from the perspective of soldiers and their families
    • Draws on government documents and oral interviews
    • Tells a multi-layered story of a society where war militarized society and public culture and transformed ideas of community and the self
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Dina Rizk Khoury’s book on Iraqis and how they experienced the three Gulf wars: Iran-Iraq, Kuwait, and the end of Saddam, is equally evocative and surprising."
    Mary Ann Tétreault, Middle East Media and Book Reviews (

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521711531
    • length: 298 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • contains: 20 b/w illus. 3 maps
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. A brief history of Iraq's wars under the Ba'th
    3. The internal front: making the war routine
    4. Battle fronts: war and insurgency
    5. Things fall apart: the First Gulf War and its aftermath
    6. War's citizens, war's families
    7. Memory for the future: soldiering and the war experience
    8. Commemorating the dead
    9. Postscript.

  • Author

    Dina Rizk Khoury, George Washington University, Washington DC
    Dina Rizk Khoury is Associate Professor of History and International Affairs at George Washington University. Since 2005, she has been writing on the contemporary history of Iraq, particularly on violence, sectarian politics, and war and memory. She is the author of State and Provincial Society in the Ottoman Empire (Cambridge University Press, 1997).

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