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The Iraqi marshlands and the Marsh Arabs : the Ma'dan, their culture and the environment

Author: Sam Kubba
Publisher: Reading, UK : Ithaca Press, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"The people of the Iraqi Marshlands are heirs to a culture that can be traced back thousands of years, and prior to the 1970s (i.e. before they were systematically desiccated by Saddam Hussein), these marshes comprised the largest wetland ecosystem in the Middle East. It is also a site considered by many scholars as the inspiration for the biblical Garden of Eden in the Bible and the Koran, as well as the site where  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sam Kubba
ISBN: 9780863723339 0863723330
OCLC Number: 703844381
Description: 286 p. : ill., maps, ports. ; 24 cm.
Contents: History of the Iraqi marshes. --
Formation of the marshes --
Ancient history: Sumerians, Garden of Eden and the Epic of Gilgamesh --
The Marshes during the Arab and Ottoman Empires --
Saddat al-Hindiyah (Indian Barrage) --
British and Hashemite Monarchy Rule --
Destruction of the Marshes during the Saddam Era --
Impact of recent conflicts --
The status of the Iraqi Marshlands today --
People and culture. --
General overview --
Social customs --
Tribal culture --
Religious beliefs and ethnicity --
Way of life, etc., of Marsh dwellers --
Arts and crafts. --
General --
Arts and crafts: Reed mats; carpets, house funiture; baskets; pottery vessels; copper containers; wooden tools/articles; miscellaneous tools; coffee preparation tools; clay/mud storage and ancillary structures; boats; traditional dress --
Physical environment. --
General --
Topography and terrain --
Geology --
Soil conditions --
Irrigation and hydrographic conditions --
Climatic conditions --
Conclusion --
Agriculture : past and present. --
General-overview --
Ancient agriculture in the Marshland area --
Wetlands agriculture from the Middle Ages to the Fall of the Monarchy --
Agriculture in the Wetlands after the Monarchy to the Fall of Saddam Hussein --
The Russian Master Plan --
The Iraqi Marshlands: a post-Saddam perspective --
The wetlands wildlife and ecosystems. --
General --
Environmental importance and uniqueness --
Components of the Wildlife Ecosystem --
Flora: reed and reed mace, bulrush, aquatic vegetation --
Birds: critical species, endangered species, vulnerable species --
Fauna --
Amphibians and reptiles --
Fish --
Transboundary issues --
Design principles. --
General overview --
Ancient measurement --
Functional aspect (internal planning) --
Aesthetic aspects --
Major design elements --
Furniture --
Building materials and their availability. --
General --
Reeds, rushes, date-palm --
Timber --
Mud-pressed mud (Tauf, Pise'), unfired mud-brick and baked brick --
Stone --
Bitumen --
Metals: copper, lead, silver, gold, tin, bronze --
Miscellaneous materials: plaster, decoration, mosaic --
Architectural and structural elements. --
General-ancient tools and methods --
Mesopotamian woodworking tools --
Reed architecture --
Mud brick construction --
Architectural and structural elements --
Restoration of the marshes of southern Iraq : prospects and challenges. --
Introduction --
What is restoration? --
Geological and biophysical considerations --
Hydrology and hydrogeochemical considerations --
Biological considerations --
Other considerations --
Restoration goals --
Conclusions --
Sustainable housing utilizing indigenous materials in the marshes. --
Introduction --
Significance of the project --
Research methodology --
Materials and building technology --
Experimental work and suggested improvements --
Results and achievements --
Conclusion --
Future of the marshlands : a return to Eden? --
General overview --
The Huwayza Marshes --
The Hammar Marsh --
The Central Marshes --
General objectives --
Recent developments and aggravating factors affecting marshland restoration.
Responsibility: Sam Kubba.

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The people of the Iraqi Marshlands are heirs to a culture that can be traced back thousands of years. Prior to the 1970s, these marshes comprised the largest wetland ecosystem in the Middle East.  Read more...
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