Preliminary Inventory of the Kanan Makiya papers

Finding aid prepared by Hoover Institution Archives Staff and Kanan Makiya.
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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: 104 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box (43.8 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

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Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2010.

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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.

Box 1-6

Nidhal al·Ba'th (Struggle ofthe Ba'th)

Scope and Content Note

An 11 volume set of Ba'th party resolutions and statements beginning in 1943 covering through 1968. Published by Dar al-Talla' in Beirut. Fourth edition, Feb. 1976.
Box 1-6

Al Esbuyia (The Weekly) 12 Dec. 2007-2008

Scope and Content Note

A news and current affairs weekly in Arabic, published and edited from Baghdad. The first issue appeared on 12 Dec. 2007. The boxed set covers 12 Dec. 2007 to 17 Feb. 2008, plus 15 separate issues 2008.
Box 1-6

Rijal Wa Madina(2002), Al Qala'tu al-Hasina (2001), and Selected Works of Saddam Hussein vols. 1 (1992) and 4 (1994)

Scope and Content Note

Writings of Saddam Hussein, Rijal Wa Madina(2002) , Al Qala'tu al-Hasina (2001) are unatributed works of fiction. Includes 5 books, 2 in Arabic and 3 in English(translations from Arabic.)
Box 1-6

Dirasat 'Arabiyya (Arab Studies) 1974, 1978, 1980

Scope and Content Note

A socio-economic journal of ideas, in 3 separate issues, dating from 1974, 1978 and 1980.
Box 1-6

Al Thaqafa al-Jadida, 1990-1993

Scope and Content Note

An Arabic journal of "scientific thought" and "progressive culture" put out by the Iraqi Communist Party from Damascus and Beirut. Includes 22 issues, from issue no. 226 published in 1990 to issue no. 257 published in 1993. Missing a few issues in the series.
Box 1-6

Aljadid, 1997-1999

Scope and Content Note

English language Review of Arab Culture published in the U.S. Includes 11 issues from 1997 to 1999.
Box 1-6

"Iraq" file, 1970s

Scope and Content Note

Includes miscellaneous pamphlets, documents, journals and newspapers from various Iraqi opposition sources.
Box 1-6

"Middle East/Palestinian Documents" file, late 1960s through to mid 1970s

Scope and Content Note

Contains miscellaneous publications largely from Palestinian sources.
Box 7-10

Republic of Fear, 1986-1987

Scope and Content Note

Drafts and edits of drafts of Republic of Fear in manuscript form, in Arabic.
Box 7-10

Republic of Fear (Arabic edition, in digital form) 1986-1988

Scope and Content Note

Consists of floppy discs from late 1980s, containing typed manuscript in Arabic of Republic of Fear and Al-Nashir Al-Maktabi, the software program used to create those files.
Box 7-10

Videotapes

Scope and Content Note

Mainly on VHS videocassettes.
Box 7-10

"Charter 91" 1991

Scope and Content Note

Videotape recording of the meetings in 1991 among Iraqis that led to the writing of Charter 91 (2 VHS videotape cassettes)
Box 7-10

"Enemies of the State" 1990

Scope and Content Note

BBC Everyman program on Iraq aired in 1990. First interview with Samlr Al-Khalil before identity revealed as Kanan Makiya (UK system videotape)
Box 7-10

"Road to Hell" January 1992

Scope and Content Note

BBC Everyman program on Anfal reported by Kanan Makiya (1 NTSC videotape)
Box 7-10

"The Devil You Know" 1991

Scope and Content Note

Videotape of BBC program featuring Samir al-Kahlil/Kanan Makiya, aired on 24 May 1991 (VHS PAL format videotape)
Box 9

"Saddam's Killing Fields" 31 March 1992

Scope and Content Note

Frontline documentary reported on by Kanan Makiya which exposes the Anfal genocide for the first time, extended from BBC Everyman original by Frontline. Air date on program June 22, 1993. (VHS videotape cassette)

Access

Use copy available on-site for immediate use. Use copy reference number: 2010C35 _v_0010058.
Box 7-10

"World in Focus" 25 February 1991

Scope and Content Note

Conversation with Makiya and Ajami (VHS videotape cassette)
Box 7-10

"Countdown for Saddam" 13 April 1992

Scope and Content Note

Danish TV interview with Kanan Makiya, (VHS videotape cassette)
Box 7-10

"Assyrians Around The World" 1992?

Scope and Content Note

Interview with Samir al-Khalil/Kanan Makiya (VHS videotape cassette)
Box 7-10

"Justice and Jihad: NOW" September, 2011

Scope and Content Note

Bill Moyer conversation with 8 specialists (including Kanan Makiya) after September 11th (VHS videotape cassette)
Box 7-10

Interview with CNN (VHS videotape cassette) October 2005

Box 7-10

Interview with CNN (VHS videotape cassette) July 2002

Box 7-10

Interviews with FOX News, (2 VHS videotape cassettes) 01 January 2004

Box 7-10

The Arab World After September 11 Interview (VHS videotape cassette) 23 January 2002

Box 7-10

Charlie Rose Interview Interview (VHS videotape cassette) 3 0ctober 2001

Box 7-10

Insight Interview with Kanan Makiya (VHS videotape cassette) 01 July 2004

Box 7-10

C-Span Interview with Kanan Makiya (VHS videotape cassette) 9 April 2006

Box 11-15

Books and articles in Arabic and English, various dates of publication

Scope and Content Note

Out of print authors inclued are Ibn 'Arabi, Mohamed Heikal, Fawaz Turki, Lutfi AL Sayyad, Yaacov Tov, Sabri Jiryas, Muhsim Mahdi, Andre Raymond, James Allen, Maxime Rodinson, Marmarji (on Jerusalem), Ginsberg (on Jewish Legends), Michel Aflaq (copy of Fi Sabil al-Ba'th), Ahmed Salameh, Ismail Sabri, Middle East Record (1960), Tariq al-Bishri, Kamal al-Haj and Abdallah al-Najjar.
Box 16-19

Pamphlets, reports, and documents on Iraq, 1970s through 2007

Scope and Content Note

Contents include: Kurdish Studies, Statistical Yearbooks issued by Iraq Government used as research material for Republic of Fear, Journals and publications of Iraqi Exiles, Chatham House Publications, New Yorker Conference post 2003 (including Kanan Makiya), Crown Center Conf Proceedings on 2003 war (including Kanan Makiya)
Box 20-24

The Rock: A Seventh-Century Tale of Jerusalem manuscript, 1998-2000

Scope and Content Note

Contents include drafts, permissions, illustrations, Arabic sources, and other sources for book and Illustrations.
Box 25-27

Research material for The Rock: A Seventh-Century Tale of Jerusalem, various dates

Scope and Content Note

Contents include sources and source material for the Rock on early Christian history, Byzantium, Helena's visit, pilgrims and pilgrimage, the Fadha'il al-Quds Muslim literatire derived from Jewish sources, Bede and early Muslim history.
Box 28-30

Research material for The Rock: A Seventh-Century Tale of Jerusalem, Various

Scope and Content Note

Contents include sources and source material on ancient history and traditions, a chronology relating to the site, early Jewish and Christian history of temple mount, 7th century Muslim views of site, visit of Umar Ibn al-Khattab, Abd al-Malik and the Building of DoR. Also includes copies of different Muslim accounts of Prophet Mohammad's ascension from Rock of Jerusalem from classical though early modern Muslim works and Mariaj Naameh, edited by Tharwat Ukasha.
Box 31-35

Notes for a book on cities that was not published, which later became The Rock: A Seventh-Century Tale of Jerusalem published in 2000,

Scope and Content Note

Notes and materials collected in 1990-1991 on Babylon, ancient Alexandria, Baghdad, Mecca, and Jerusalem, including tapes of interviews made in 1990 and 1991 for the book.
Box 36-39

Books, journals, and pamphlets in Arabic and English on the Middle East, Various dates of publication

Scope and Content Note

Mainly out of print, materials include books from the 1991 Cairo book fair on the Salman Rushdie affair, partial collections of Arabic journals like al-Naqid, Al Hiwar, Zawaya, Tariq al-Thawra and Muqadimma. Books include a two volume Palestine Diary and the Middle East Record (1967). Also included are pamphlets and books relating to the Lebanese civil war, the Palestinian resistance movement, and the Egyptian student movement.
Box 40-42

Research materials for book on cities that was not published, Various dates

Scope and Content Note

Collected and copied materials include documentation on cities from Arabic classical sources, maps of Middle Eastern cities and regions, and material on Ayodhya and Early Indian monumental architecture and art. Also contains copies of three rare manuscripts by Ibn Kalbi ( Kitab al-Asnam), Abu al-Faraj Ibn al-Jawzi, and Amikam Elad (on medieval Jerusalem). See also see boxes 31-35.
Box 43-46

Research materials on early Islam and Umar ibn al-Khattab's visit to Jerusalem Various dates

Scope and Content Note

Contains articles on Islam in the 7th and 8th centuries, files on Mecca, and files on Umar ibn al-Khattab from Arabic sources.
Box 47-49

Charter 1991, 1991-1993

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence surrounding the creation by Kanan Makiya of of the Charter in London in 1991 including lists of signatories and other charters that inspired the effort.
Box 47-49

The Iraq Foundation, 1991-1993

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence and documents on the Iraq Foundation (separate from the Iraq Memory Foundation) started in Washington in 1991-1992
Box 50-54

Research material on the 1990 Gulf crisis and 1991 War and Intifada, 1990-1992

Scope and Content Note

Contains articles and newspaper clippings on the 1990s and Iraq. Includes files and documents of the Iraqi opposition in exile,analysis of the 1991 war and its causalties, and impacts on Europe and the U.S. Also contains files on the Kurds and the destructive wars waged against them, as well as the documents of the INC that came out of its 16-19 July 1992 Conference in Vienna as a booklet. Used in Cruelty and Silence: War, Tyranny, Uprising, and the Arab World.
Box 55-59

Research materials for a book on cities that was not published, and The Monument: Art, Vulgarity and Responsibility in Iraq, various

Scope and Content Note

Contains articles on monuments and monumentality including mosques, minarets, kitsch, art, Tianeman Square, Beirut and North African cities, as well as book issued by the Iraq government on the Baghdad State Mosque Completion in Iraq. Also includes collected images used or intended for use in The Rock: A Seventh-Century Tale of Jerusalem. See also Boxes 31-35 and 40-42
Box 60-62

Correspondence with publishers and draft manuscript and illustrations, late 1980s to 1990s

Scope and Content Note

Contains a final draft of The Rock: A Seventh-Century Tale of Jerusalem, published by Pantheon in 2000 with editor Dan Frank's comments. 2 boxes of zip disks containing all the drafs and illustrations used or considered for the book in digital form. Correspondence dating back to the late 1980s with publishers over the Republic of Fear (1989) and Monument (1991) Included also is one boxfile with printed research materil for The Rock: A Seventh-Century Tale of Jerusalem
Box 63-66

Source material for Cruelty and Silence: War, Tyranny, Uprising, and the Arab World, 1991-2010

Box 63-66

Two card indexes containing detailed notes on the Iraqi uprising of 1991-1992, including a reconstruction of the chronology.

Box 63-66

Miscellaneous items relating to the Iraqi opposition through the 1990s.

Box 63-66

Arabic and English newspaper clippings on Iraq between 1990 and 1997.

Box 63-66

Newspaper clippings and articles on Iraq post 2003 including a subsection devolted to the 2010 elections.

Box 67-69

Journals and pamphlets in Arabic and English from Kanan Makiya's library, 1970s-1980s

Box 67-69

Material on an Iraqi asylum case in the U.S. which Kanan Makiya acted as an expert witness for in court.

Box 67-69

Out of print materials, issues of Sh'un Filistiniyya (Arabic) and Dirasat Arabiya (Arabic) and miscellaneous published books on the Palestinian intifada and movement, as well as books in Arabic published by the Center for Arab Unity Studies. Also includes titles on political economy and economics of oil, plus other Arabic books on the Syrian Communist Party and immigration of Soviet Jewry. Authors include Ghazi a-Quseibi, George Atiyeh, and Abd al-Wahab al-Masiri.

Box 70-72

Source material for Cruelty and Silence: War, Tyranny, Uprising, and the Arab World, 1991-1992

Scope and Content Note

Includes transcripts of interviews with victims (Part 1), a transcript of film script reported by Kanan Makiya, filmed by Gwynne Robers, titled "Road to Hell", articles by Arab Intellectuals and documentation on the 1991 Gulf Crisis (Part 2).

Also includes miscellaneous articles and news reports on 1991-1992 Gulf crisis and material on a 1992 meeting/conference of the Iraqi National Congress in Salh-ul-Din, Iraq.
Box 73-76

Journals and pamphlets on Middle East in Arabic and English from Kanan Makiya's library, 1970s-1980s

Box 73-76

Contains copies of articles by Al-e-Ahmed, Mottaheri and copies of the magazines Tawhid and Da'wa.

Box 73-76

Reference books relating to American University Beiruit faculty and other modern Middle East Research guides.

Box 73-76

Books on Middle East Palestinian intifada and a biography of Michel 'Aflaq and a book on Jews in Arab lands.

Box 73-76

A collection of essays in Arabic on Islam and modernity.

Box 73-76

Books on Egypt by Jacques Berque, Rifa'at Saeed, Gabriel Baer, Andre Raymond, Robert Mabro, and Mahmood Husayn.

Box 77-80

Pamphlets and publications, late 1970s to late 1990s

Box 77-80

From the early years of the Iraqi Opposition to Saddam, Iraqi Communist Party and Islamist party publications and indivuduals.

Box 77-80

Books in Arabic on the history of the Kurdistan Democratic Party and Barzani leadership of National Movement.

Box 77-80

Ba'th party pamphlets and publications

Box 77-80

Charter 91 and translations of Hannah Arendt into Arabic organized by Kanan Makiya

Box 77-80

1974 Political Report of Ba'th party congress

Box 77-80

Other books and pamphlets on Kurds

Box 77-80

Uday Saddam Husayn's PhD thesis from University of Baghdad.

Box 81-83

Files related to Constitution and participation in Arab-Israeli dialogue group, 2002-2005

Box 81-83

Notes and agendas relating to Kanan Makiya's participation in roughly five meetings of Arab and Israeli Intellectuals. Key coordinators of event were Hazim Saghle and Emmanuel Sivan.

Box 81-83

Notes relating to and early drafts of the the Transition to Democracy report produced in the Department of State Democratic Principles Working Group.

Box 81-83

Notes on Kanan Maklya's participation the Constitutional Committee in 2003-2004.

Box 81-83

Materials relating to the Conference of Iraqi Opposition in Salahuldin on eve of 2003 war.

Box 84-87

Books and research notes, first half of the 20th century through 1960s and 1970s

Box 84-87

A collection of Middle East Books in a variety of languages from authors: Michel Aflaq, Saddam Hussein, Mahmood Hussein, Dar al-Talla Publications, and Journal of Palestine Studies.

Box 84-87

A selection of maps of Iraq.

Box 84-87

Books in French and English on Egypt and North Africa, largely published in 1960s and 1970s.

Box 84-87

Research Notes in the form of articles and newspaper clippings organized in files.

Box 88-91

Cairo Book Fair Tapes (taped by Kanan Makiya as research notes for Cruelty and Silence). 1980s-1990s

Box 88-91

Script and correspondence regarding Kanan Makiya's Film with Channel 4 on UK program "Rear Window," 1980s-1990s

Box 88-91

Film titled "Architecture of Fear," 1980s-1990s

Box 88-91

Foundation of Kufa Gallery correspondence, 1987-1992

Box 88-91

AUIS and Iraq Foundation files and early correspondence, 1980s-1990s

Box 88-91

IRDP (Iraq Research and Documentation Project) file, 1991-2003

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence, projects, and funds. IRDP was based at Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) at Harvard. Includes National Endowment for the Humanities, United States Institute of Peace, and National Endowment for Democracy grant applications, as well as other proposals and correspondence.
Box 88-91

Manuscript of a book on Kurds written by Fadhil Rasoul (assasinated in Vienna by Iranian agents in the 1980s) 1980s

Box 88-91

Five miscellaneous Vidal tapes, 1980s-1990s

Box 88-91

Early article by Kanan Makiya, titled "Planning for Industry With Petrodollars," 1980s

Box 92-94

Published Books in Arabic on Middle East, twentieth century, largely relating to 1940s through 1970s

Box 92-94

Iraqi Testimonies(10 DVDs in 2 boxed sets.)

Box 92-94

Published Books in Arabic on Middle East.

Box 92-94

Publication on Anfal by Shoresh Rasoul, Forever Kurdish.

Box 92-94

Books are largely from Markaz Dirasat al-Wahda al-Arabiyya including many works of Satia al-Husry and many other Arab writers with Arab nationalist points of view.

Box 95-100

Research materials for Cruelty and Silence: War, Tyranny, Uprising, and the Arab World, 1991-1995

Scope and Content Note

Sources and file notes relating to Cruelty and Silence: War, Tyranny, Uprising, and the Arab World. Each chapter's sources are collected separately, as well as a published copy.
Box 95-100

Lectures, 1991-1995

Scope and Content Note

Includes lectures given in the 1990s and the notes used to produce those lectures. Danz Lectures given on toleration in the Arab and Muslim World, and other lectures.
Box 101-105

Research Notes, 1980s-1990s and 2003

Scope and Content Note

Sources for The Rock: A Seventh-Century Tale of Jerusalem and Republic of Fear, Iraq-Iran War and Cruelty and Silence: War, Tyranny, Uprising, and the Arab World, and human rights abuses in Iraq.
Box 101-105

Play written by Fareed Jboudi based on Cruelty and Silence: War, Tyranny, Uprising, and the Arab World, 1980s-1990s and 2003

Box 101-105

Early Doucuments relating to IRDP (Iraq Research and Documentation Project) at Harvard and IMF (Iraq Memory Foundation) in Baghdad, 1980s-1990s and 2003

Box 101-105

Contents of Fadhil Rasoul, 1980s-1990s and 2003

Box 101-105

Sources for 1993-1994 Danz Lectures on Toleration, 1980s-1990s and 2003

Box 101-105

Honorary PhD ceremony at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 1980s-1990s and 2003

Box 101-105

Interviews on tape with BBC Newsnight, 1980s-1990s and 2003