Well-considered answers to the many questions raised by the situation in Iraq, past and present, are rare. This first comprehensive, thematically organised, bibliography devoted to Iraq is based on the full Index Islamicus database and is drawn from a wide variety of European-language journals and books. Featuring an extensive introduction to the subject and its literature by Peter Sluglett, this bibliography will help readers to find their way through the massive secondary literature now available.
Following the pattern established by the Index Islamicus, both journal articles and book publications are included, as well as important internet resources. The editors have taken care to add much new material to bring its coverage up to date, and supplement the previously published volumes, while the most important and/or influential publications are conveniently highlighted in the introduction.
An indispensable gateway for all those with a more than superficial interest in what is, and what has been, happening in this nation so much the focus of attention today.
Heather Bleaney is Editor of the Index Islamicus which is compiled at the School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London. She was previously in charge of the Documentation Unit of the Centre for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, University of Durham, and has contributed to a number of publications on the modern Middle East.
Geoffrey Roper, Ph.D. (1988) in Middle Eastern History, University of Durham, has been Editor of Index Islamicus, from 1982 to 2003, and of the World Survey of Islamic Manuscripts (4 vols., 1992-94). He has also published on Arabic and Middle Eastern printing history and historical bibliography.
Peter Sluglett has been Professor of Middle Eastern History at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, since 1994; he taught at the University of Durham between 1974 and 1993. His research interests include the urban social history of the Middle East and the comparative study of British and French colonialism in the region. His publications include Britain in Iraq, 1914-1932, (London 1976), Iraq since 1958: from Revolution to Dictatorship (London 2001) and The British and French Mandates in Comparative Perspectives (co-edited with Nadine Méouchy, Brill, 2004).
"Those who conduct serious research on Iraq and Middle Eastern studies will find this bibliography an invaluable resource." – The Muslim World Book Reviews, 2005.