Overview of the Kanan Makiya papers
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Title: Kanan Makiya papers
Date (inclusive): 1950-2010
Collection Number: 2010C35
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: Arabic and English
Physical Description: 105 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box (44.2 linear feet)
Abstract: 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.
Creator: Makiya, Kanan
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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.
In 2000 Makiya 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 also published on the architecture of Mohamed Makiya Post-Islamic Classicism: An Essay on the Architecture of Mohamed Makiya.
Makiya has been profiled in many books and publications including The New Yorker (January 6, 1992) and The New York Times Magazine (October 7, 2007). He has collaborated on several films for television, the most known of which exposed for the first time the 1988 campaign of genocide 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 US governments as well as many foundations. Makiya also continues to write, working on a historical fiction book set in Iraq between 2003 and 2006, titled The Rope.
Source: Brandeis University, Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Kanan Makiya, faculty, http://www.brandeis.edu/departments/nejs/faculty/makiya.html, accessed 27 May 2015.
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, and the Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq, including Iraqi opposition to it.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Iraq--Politics and government.
Middle East--Politics and government.