Iraq: The Ancient Sites & Iraqi Kurdistan by Geoff HannIraq: The Ancient Sites & Iraqi Kurdistan by Geoff Hann

Iraq: The Ancient Sites & Iraqi Kurdistan

byGeoff Hann, Karen Dabrowska, Tina Townsend-greaves

Paperback | October 7, 2015

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This brand new edition of Bradt's unique guide to Iraq gives up-to-datetravel information and also informs the armchair traveler aboutthe history and exciting archaeological prospects of this ancient land with arich culture. Ancient sites such as Babylon and Ur, the stunning architectureof the country's mosques, the natural beauty and wildlife of the Marshes andbeautiful Iraqi handicrafts create a myriad of attractions to inspire even themost seasoned traveller. The authors, Geoff Hann, KarenDabrowska and Tina Townsend-Greaves, bring their considerable knowledge andunderstanding of Iraq to provide all the practical and background informationneeded to explore this country and to get the most out of your trip.Advice on cultural awareness and religious sensitivity in thecontext of Iraqi history, alongwith where to get the latest information on which parts of the country youcan still visit, make this an invaluable guide.
Geoff Hann is the owner and managing director of Hinterland Travel, the only UK-based travel company currently taking tourists to cover Iraq completely (not including the travel companies specialising in pilgrim traffic) . He has been taking tourists to Iraq since 1970, and ran the famous post-war tour, following the toppling of Saddam...
Title:Iraq: The Ancient Sites & Iraqi KurdistanFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.45 × 5.22 × 0.76 inPublished:October 7, 2015Publisher:Bradt Travel GuidesLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1841624888

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Table of Contents

Introduction xPART ONE GENERAL INFORMATION 1Chapter 1 Background Information 3Geography and climate 3, Naturalhistory andconservation 5, Government andpolitics 8, Economy11, People 14, Language 17, Religion18, Education 26,Culture 27 Chapter 2 History 37Early Mesopotamia 37, Before Sumer38, The Sumerians39, Babylon and Hammurabi 40, TheAssyrians 41,Babylon revisited 41, Persianconquest 43, Alexanderthe Great 43, The Umayyads 43, TheAbbasids 46,The Mongols 49, The Ottomans 50,Modern times 52,Occupation and first experimentswith democracy 64,Iraq under Maliki 66 Chapter 3 Archaeology 69Introduction 69, The history ofarchaeology in Iraq 71,Archaeology in Iraq today 76, Thefuture 79 Chapter 4 Practical Information 83When to visit 83, Highlights 83,Suggested itineraries 84,Tour operators 87, Red tape 89,Police and military 90,Embassies 90, Getting there and away92, Health 94, Safety98, Women travellers 100, Travellerswith disabilities 100,Gay and lesbian travellers 101,Travelling with kids 101,What to take 101, Money 102,Budgeting 102, Gettingaround 103, Accommodation 104,Eating and drinking105, Public holidays and festivals107, Shopping 108,Media and communications 110,Business 111, Buying aproperty 112, Cultural etiquette112, Travelling positively114 PART TWO BETWEEN THE TWO RIVERS 117Chapter 5 Baghdad and Environs 119History 119, Getting there and away129, Getting around133, Tourist information 134, Touroperators 134, Whereto stay 134, Where to eat and drink137, Entertainment137, Culture 139, Shopping 140,Sports/fitness 141,Other practicalities 141, What tosee and do 142, AroundBaghdad 156 Chapter 6 East and West of Baghdad 169Baquba 169, Around Baquba 172, Theinternationalborder crossing in Diyala Provinceto Iran 173 Fallujah173, Around Fallujah 175, Ramadi177, Around Ramadi179, The international bordercrossings in Anbar Provinceto Syria and Jordan 179, Rutba 181,Balad 184, Samarra185, Tikrit (Salah ad Din) 194,Around Tikrit 196, Barji(Bayji) 196 Chapter 7 Kirkuk and Mosul 199Kirkuk 199, Around Kirkuk 204, Mosul208, AroundMosul 217, To the north of Mosul227, To the east ofMosul 235, To the west of Mosul 235,To the south ofMosul 239 Chapter 8 The Road South 248History 248, Kerbala (Shrine City)253, Around Kerbala260, Ukhaider 262, Around Ukhaider265, Al-Hilla 265,Babylon 266, Around Babylon 272,Ancient Borsippa(Birs Nimrud) 276, Al-Kifl or Chifal277, Kufa 280, Najaf283, Around Najaf 293, Al-Hira 294,Heading furthersouth 294, Diwaniyah 296, Nippur(Naifar) 296, Isin 298,Samawah 300, Around Samawah 301,Uruk 302, Larsa(modern Tell Senkereh) 304, TellUbaid 306, Eridu (TellAbu Sharein) 308, Ur (Tell Muqeihar)309, Nasiriyah 314 Chapter 9 Return from Basra 317Basra 317, Around Basra 327, Querna328, The Marshes329, Al-Uzair (continuing on theroad north) 340, Al-Amarah 341, Al-Kut 342, Al-Hiba(Lagash) 344, Wasit 346 PART THREE IRAQI KURDISTAN 349Chapter 10 Practicalities inKurdistan 351General information 351, Practicalinformation 363,Highlights 364, Suggesteditineraries 364, Tour operators366, Red tape 366, Embassies andother representation367, Getting there and away 367,Health 368, Safety 368,Women travellers 369, Gay travellers369, Travellers withdisabilities 370, Travelling withkids 370, What to take370, Money 370, Getting around 370,Accommodation371, Eating and drinking 371, Publicholidays 373,Shopping 374, Arts and entertainment374, Media andcommunications 375, Business 376,Buying a property376, Cultural etiquette 376,Travelling positively 378 Chapter 11 Erbil and Environs 379History 379, Getting there and away380, Getting around382, Tourist information 382, Whereto stay 382, Whereto eat and drink 385, Entertainment386, Shopping 387,Sports/fi tness 387, Otherpracticalities 388, What to seeand do 388, Around Erbil 390 Chapter 12 Dohuk and Environs 393History 393, Getting there and away394, Getting around394, Tourist information 395, Whereto stay 395, Whereto eat and drink 396, Entertainment397, Shopping 397,Sports/fi tness 398, Otherpracticalities 398, What to seeand do 398, Around Dohuk 399 Chapter 13 Suleimaniyah andEnvirons 403History 403, Getting there and away404, Getting around404, Where to stay 404, Where to eatand drink 406,Entertainment 406, Shopping 407,Sports/fi tness 407,Other practicalities 407, What tosee and do 407, AroundSuleimaniyah 408 Appendix 1 Language 411Appendix 2 Further Information 415Appendix 3 Bibliography 421Index 423