Where are the Ottoman records of Baghdad?

Excerpt of a preliminary report on the condition of the Iraq National Library:
1) The library building has been rendered unusable by two successive
fires and CPA authorities are hoping to move the library to a
temporary location in a garish modern massive officer’s club at al-
Balat al-Malki. This move is envisioned in the next weeks, however,
Amb. Cordone, whose portfolio includes the library, is pessimistic.

2) It is estimated by library employees that between 30%-60% of the
collection is safe and held in three separate locations:

A: Behind a large steel door that has been welded shut by members of
the Haq Mosque’s Hawza Group. The welded doors essentially seal off
a wing of the library’s ground floor.

B: The Haq Mosque’s Hawza Group was able to take what they claim to
be 300,000 volumes to their mosque in Revolution City (nee Saddam
City.) A visual inspection conducted by Hanssen and Watenpaugh
confirmed that they have this collection well in hand and that it
occupies approx. 150-200 cubic meters. Earlier reports of books in
Hebrew are true; what was also found were 50+ 50 liter sacks of
archival materials from the Mandate period through the Revolution of

C: The library staff also evacuated parts of the rare/forbidden books
collection to a “secret safe location.” They informed the CPA of the
location of this stash two days ago.

3. We were unable to locate any Ottoman archival material whatsoever.

OpenEdition schlägt Ihnen vor, diesen Beitrag wie folgt zu zitieren:
Klaus Graf (5. Juli 2003). Where are the Ottoman records of Baghdad? Archivalia. Abgerufen am 13. Juli 2024 von https://doi.org/10.58079/c2jx

Autor: Klaus Graf

Historiker und Archivar, Blogger

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