Edited by Amatzia Baram, Achim Rohde, and Ronen Zeidel
This book is the product of cooperation between Palgrave Macmillan and the Center for Iraq Studies at the University of Haifa, Israel. We are grateful to Ms. Farideh Koohi-Kamali and Ms. Robyn Curtis of the editorial staff of Palgrave Macmillan for their guidance and effective management. The Center for Iraq Studies is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of Iraq. Its mission is to provide in-depth studies of the many complexities of Iraqi politics, society, culture, and economy. It is taking full account of the last 80 years (and in some cases, the last few hundred years) of Iraq’s history. The Center seeks to provide guidance and practical council aimed towards peaceful resolution of acute tensions in a country that has been, for many years, an arena of domestic conflict and a focus of international crises.
Dr. Raymond Stock’s diligent and inspired style editing made this volume better. We are indebted to him for his contribution. The Center’s Deputy Director, Dr. Noga Efrati, and Mrs. Dafna Sapir–Mark, the Center’s then administrator, carried the main burden of organizing the 2007 international Iraq conference that was convened at the University of Haifa by the Center for Iraq Studies in cooperation with the Ezri Center for the Study of Iran and the Persian Gulf. This conference served as the meeting place for the scholars whose meeting of the minds later created this volume. The help of Mr. Ido Zelikovitz, Mr. Shai Shpiler, and Mrs. Anna Ginzburg-Naveh was indispensable for running the conference. Mrs. Ginzburg-Naveh, the new administrator of the Center for Iraq Studies, dealt with the details of getting the volume ready for print. We thank all of them for their good work.
Haifa and Hamburg, February 2010