Culture

  • Discovering Iraq: Interview with Author Karen Dabrowska

    In this interview, we delve into the fascinating journey of author Karen Dabrowska, whose passion for Iraq’s cultural heritage has led her to write multiple books on the subject, including the notable Iraq: Then & Now: A Guide to the Country and Its People. She recounts how her initial trip to…

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  • Iraqi Workshop Examines TV Drama’s Cultural Impact

    Under the patronage of Minister Dr. Ahmed Fakak Al-Badrani, the Ministry of Culture’s Cultural Development Department held a workshop on the influence of television drama on public opinion. Key outcomes from the event included the emphasis on drama’s role in shaping societal values and its potential as a tool for…

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  • Iraq Retrieves 181 Smuggled Ancient Artifacts

    Iraq recently celebrated the return of 181 smuggled archaeological artifacts in a significant ceremony held at the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The artifacts, which include a variety of historically significant pieces such as a bronze figure and ancient skeletal remains, were illegally taken from Iraq and recovered from locations…

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  • Sweet Market of Baghdad

    Baklavas and dry nuts and fruits are cherished treats in Iraqi households. These delights are commonly found during celebrations and often grace the table as a daily indulgence. Sharing these treats with family and friends over tea or engaging in conversations is a beloved tradition that brings Iraqis together. In…

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  • Iraqis gather for Eid al-Adha prayers

      Iraq witnessed a joyous Eid al-Adha celebration as citizens came together for prayers and festivities. From busy city centers to smaller towns, mosques overflowed with worshippers marking the start of the holy holiday. Children also participated, learning how to pray. Eid al-Adha, a highlight of the Islamic calendar, transcended…

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  • The History of Mesopotamia: Interview with Professor & Archaeologist Roger Matthews

    In an exclusive interview, Professor Roger Matthews, of the Archaeology Department at the University of Reading, speaks about his research and archaeological findings surrounding the prehistory and early history of the Mesopotamian region.  Given your extensive research on Mesopotamia, could you explain why this region is considered the ‘cradle of…

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  • Baghdad’s 13th International Flower Festival

    The 13th International Flower Festival was recently held in Baghdad, featuring the participation of numerous Arab and foreign countries. Hosted within the Al-Zawraa Grand Park, this annual event, organised under the patronage of the Prime Minister and overseen by the Capital Secretariat, graces the city’s mid-April calendar with five days…

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  • The CMC Meets the Iranian Deputy Minister of Culture and Media

    Dr Ali Moayyed, the head of the Communications and Media Commission (CMC) met in the presence of Mr. Hisham Al-Rikabi, a member of the Board of Commissioners at the Commission, and Dr. Farshad Mehdi Pour, the Iranian Deputy Minister of Culture for Media and Communications Affairs, along with a delegation…

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  • Sustaining Tradition: Pottery and Reed Crafts in Modern Homes

    For thousands of years, clay utensils for cooking and storing food have been an integral part of households in Sumer, the earliest known civilisation in what is now southern Iraq. Pottery holds a profound significance in Iraqi culture, where ancient civilisations relied on clay for constructing homes, crafting cooking tools,…

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  • Mesaharaty Tradition: A Cultural Wake-Up Call

    Baghdad – (iina) The sun is about to rise, and Muslims too. The call of Suhoor time is echoing on every street of the neighborhood. A loud voice and beating of a drum awaken the neighbours abrubptly, urging them to peek out from their door, still in their night gown.…

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