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
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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Collection is closed.