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Preliminary Inventory of the Kanan Makiya papers
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  • Accruals
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Title: Kanan Makiya papers
    Date (inclusive): 1950-2010
    Collection Number: 2010C35
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: In Arabic and English.
    Physical Description: 105 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box (44.2 linear feet)
    Abstract: 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, the Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq, and Iraqi opposition to it.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Makiya, Kanan

    Access

    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Kanan Makiya papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2010.

    Accruals

    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical Note

    Born in Baghdad, Kanan Makiya left Iraq to study architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, later joining Makiya Associates to design and build projects in the Middle East. In 1981, he left the practice of architecture and began to write a book about Iraq. Republic of Fear: The Politics of Modern Iraq (1989), became a best-seller after Saddam Husain's invasion of Kuwait. Makiya's next 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. Cruelty and Silence: War, Tyranny, Uprising and the Arab World (1993), was published under Makiya's own name.
    In the year 2000 he published The Rock: A Seventh-Century Tale of Jerusalem, a work of historical fiction that tells the story of the building of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. Along with these books, Makiya has written for The Independent, The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement and The Times.
    Makiya has been profiled in many books and publications including The New Yorker (Jan 6, 1992) and The New York Times Magazine (Oct.7, 2007). He has collaborated on several films for television, the most known of which exposed for the first time the 1988 campaign of mass murder in northern Iraq known as the Anfal. The film, originally aired in January 1992 on the BBC, was shown by Frontline in the U.S. under the title "Saddam's Killing Fields," and received the Edward R. Morrow Award For Best Television Documentary On Foreign Affairs for 1992. Makiya's books are available in many languages including Arabic, French, Turkish and Spanish. In 2003 he founded the Iraq Memory Foundation, a NGO based in Baghdad and the US dedicated to issues of remembrance, violence and identity formation. The Memory Foundation has collected and digitized nearly 10 million pages of Ba'th era documents and has been supported by both the Iraqi and U.S. Governments and well as many foundations.
    Source: Brandis University, Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Faculty: Kanan Makiya, http://www.brandeis.edu/departments/nejs/faculty/makiya.html, Accessed 27 May 2015.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The papers consist of 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, the Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq, and Iraqi opposition to it.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Iraq--History.
    Iraq--Politics and government.
    Middle East--History.
    Middle East--Politics and government.
    Video tapes.