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Iraq in Wartime: Soldiering, Martyrdom, and Remembrance


Institute For Middle East Studies

Iraq in Wartime: Soldiering, Martyrdom, and Remembrance traces the political, social, and cultural processes of the normalization of war during the last two decades of Ba’thist rule. Beginning with the Iran-Iraq War and continuing through the First Gulf War and sanctions, Dr. Dina Khoury probes the far-reaching ramifications of constant war on the Iraqi people’s politics, cultural imagination, and daily lives. She argues that war was a form of everyday bureaucratic governance, and examines the Iraqi government’s policies of creating consent, managing resistance and religious diversity, and shaping public culture.


  • Dr. Dina Khoury is associate professor of history and international affairs at The George Washington University. Since 2005, she has been writing on the contemporary history of Iraq, particularly violence, sectarian politics, and war and memory. She is author of State and Provincial Society in the Ottoman Empire (Cambridge, 1997).