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Preliminary Inventory of the Kanan Makiya papers
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The papers of the Iraqi-American Middle Eastern studies scholar include correspondence, writings, notes, interview transcripts, conference papers, serial issues, pamphlets, leaflets, government publications, other printed matter, videotapes, and other audiovisual material, relating to the history of the Middle East, political conditions in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East, and the Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq including Iraqi opposition to it.
Born in Baghdad, Kanan Makiya left Iraq to study architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and later returned to join Makiya Associates to design and build projects in the Middle East. In 1981, he left the architecture field and began to write a book about Iraq. Republic of Fear: The Politics of Modern Iraq (1989) became a best-seller after Saddam Hussain's invasion of Kuwait. Makiya's second book, The Monument (1991) is an essay on the aesthetics of power and kitsch. Both Republic of Fear and The Monument were written under the pseudonym Samir al-Khalil. His next book, Cruelty and Silence: War, Tyranny, Uprising and the Arab World (1993), was published under Makiya's own name.
105 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box (44.2 linear feet)
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