Karen Dabrowska

Publications

Latest updates:

• Syrian conflict in spotlight at London’s Imperial War Museum

• Putting on stage the ‘Occupational Hazards’ of administering Iraq

July 2016


Biography in preparation


MOHAMED MAKIYA

IRAQI ARCHITECT ENTERS THE FUTURE WITH A KEY FROM THE PAST


I am currently researching and writing a biography of the famous Iraqi architect, Mohamed Makiya, who passed away last year at the age of 101.


The expected completion date for the manuscript is July 2017.


Mohamed Amkiya

Download details of the contents of this publication by clicking this link: Book Proposal (PDF file)


More information about Mohamed Makiya can be found in this article: Mohamed Makiya obituary

Iraq: The Ancient Sites and Iraqi Kurdistan

August 2015


Iraq: The ancient sites & Iraqi Kurdistan


Iraq is a country with a rich culture. Ancient sites such as Babylon and Ur, the stunning architecture of the country’s mosques, the natural beauty and wildlife of the Marshes and beautiful Iraqi handicrafts create a myriad of attractions to inspire even the most seasoned traveler. This brand-new edition of Iraq gives up-to-date travel information and also informs the armchair traveler about the history and exciting archaeological prospects of this ancient land.

The authors, Geoff Hann, Karen Dabrowska and Tina Townsend-Greaves, bring their considerable knowledge and understanding of Iraq to provide all the practical and background information needed to explore this country and to get the most out of your trip: advice on cultural awareness and religious sensitivity in the context of Iraqi history, along with in-depth coverage of what to see and where to go make this an invaluable guide.


Book launch

On 22nd Sepetember, Karen gave a presentation launching the book, Iraq: The ancient sites & Iraqi Kurdistan, as part of an Open Discussions/Gulf Cultural Club meeting entitled Reforming Iraq; Prospects and challenges.

To read a transcript of the discussion, click here.


Format: Paperback

Size: 135 x 216 mm

ISBN: 978-1-84162-488-4

Price: £17.99

Available from Bradt Travel Publishers

Contact: Deborah.Gerrard@bradtguides.com

Telephone: +44 01753 893 4444

Melancholy Memories: Foreign Dreams - a collection of short stories

2012


Melancholy Memories: Foreign Dreams – a collection of short stories


An Iraqi exile who worked for the CIA but became disillusioned with the Western intervention in his country, an Islamic scholar who took up residence in Turkey and murdered her lover’s wife, a safari guide cum tarot reader whose move to London was a breakfast in hell rather than the new dawn he dreamed of – these are just some of the colourful characters in Karen Dabrowska’s first collection of short stories. The characters in all eleven stories live in London but their lives are shaped by experiences abroad and dreams of a better life outside Europe.


Format: Perfect bound softcover

Pages: 115

Size: 140 x 216 mm

ISBN: 978-1-47710-557-3

Price: $22.38

Available from Xlibris

Telephone: +1-888-795-4274

The Libyan Revolution: Diary of Qadhafi’s Newsgirl in London

January 2012


The Libyan Revolution: Diary of Qadhafi’s Newsgirl in London


The Libyan revolution has been extensively covered by the international news media since its inception to the toppling of Qadhafi’s regime. But how did the regime’s media react to events?

Karen Dabrowska was the London correspondent of the official Libyan news agency, JANA, and was in the eye of the storm monitoring the media and covering events in London. Perhaps the only Westerner working in a Libyan government institution she kept a diary from the start of NATO's bombing campaign until the ousting of Qadhafi’s regime.

The diary describes what is was like working for the Libyans, the office politics, the mentality of the officials and the articles she wrote. The era of government news agencies may be coming to an end. This book provides a unique perspective on the Libyan revolution.


Format: Perfect bound softcover

Pages: 272

Size: 127 x 203 mm

ISBN: 978-1-4678-8085-5

Price: £12.95

Available from Author House

Telephone: 0800 197 4150

Into the Abyss: Human Rights violations in Bahrain and the suppression of the popular movement for change

2012


Into the Abyss: Human Rights violations in Bahrain and the suppression of the popular movement for change


Bahrain is a country with a troubled past and an uncertain future. Throughout its recent history the Shia majority numbering some 70 percent of the population have been seeking more rights from a Sunni monarchy which conquered the island in 1783.

It was inevitable that the reverberations of the Arab Spring and the toppling of the dictators in Egypt and Tunisia would reach the Gulf where autocratic rulers have been entrenched for centuries. In February 2011, after bloody clashes, protesters seized Pearl Square in the capital Manama and stayed there for weeks.

Bahrain’s monarchy could have learned some valuable lessons from Morocco where the 47-year-old ruler, Mohammed VI called for a separation of powers, including an independent judiciary, a more even distribution of governance across the country’s provinces and a series of amendments that would enshrine individual liberties, human rights and gender equality.

Instead it chose the path of repression and when it could not subdue the mass movement for changed in called in the Saudi army to help quell the protests. Human rights groups reported that in a country of 527,000 citizens 34 people were killed, more than 1,400 arrested and as many as 3,600 were fired from their jobs. Four people died in custody after torture in what Human Rights Watch called “a systematic and comprehensive crackdown to punish and intimidate government critics and to end dissent root and branch.”

This book charts Bahrain’s violations of human rights since the island has been ruled by the Al-Khalifa family focusing on the suppression of the mass movement for change since February 2011 and the Saudi occupation which began on March 15th after the Al-Khalifa’s called on the Saudis for assistance in quelling the protests.


Format: Paperback

Pages: 163

Available gratis from Abrar Foundation

Please e-mail: abrarhouse@hotmail.com

Telephone: +44 207 724 3033

Iraq: Then & Now: A Guide to the Country and Its People

2008


Iraq: Then & Now: A Guide to the Country and Its People


Unlike other publications since the downfall of Saddam’s regime, Iraq: Then & Now traces the history of the country from ancient times until the present. Supplementary boxes, many written by Iraqis themselves, reflect on life today as compared with life in Saddam’s Iraq and even earlier, describing their experiences, hopes, fears, ambitions and visions for the future. The book self-consciously avoids making any judgement on the political debate surrounding the 2003 war and subsequent occupation; instead it presents the varying views, and offers a rounded, balanced picture.

Published to coincide with the fifth anniversary of the change, this guide to the country and its people, provides information on Iraq’s culture and archaeology, the south, Baghdad and the Sunni Triangle. The northern region of Iraqi Kurdistan stands apart as a success story and the travel appendix provides essential information for the increasing numbers of visitors to this region.


Format: Paperback

Price: Various (see Amazon)

Publisher: Bradt

Iraq: The Bradt Travel Guide

2002


Iraq: The Bradt Travel Guide


Modern Iraq is under threat from every quarter, politics play havoc with ordinary lives and sanctions cut deep. However, today’s rare visitors are met with a broad hospitality that belies years of deprivation. And behind the politics is a land as rich in history and legend as any in the Middle East. Here is Mesopotamia, where three great religions - Christianity, Judaism and Islam - were born. Here are the ancient cities of Ur and Nineveh, and the site of Babylon.





Format: Paperback

Pages: 280

Size: 135 x 216 mm

ISBN: 1-84162-027-0

Price: Various (see Amazon)

Publisher: Bradt

Bahrain Briefing: The Struggle for Democracy (December 1994 – December 1996)

1997


Bahrain Briefing: The Struggle for Democracy (December 1994-December 1996)


The tireless campaign for the restoration of democracy and parliament and the abolition of the notorious State Security Law which entitles the detention of political suspects for three years without charge or trial has continued since 1975 when parliament was abolished by the Al Khalifa dynasty, and has embraced all sectors of Bahraini society.


Format: Paperback

Pages: 115

ISBN: 1-901807-00-2

Price: Various (see Amazon)

Publisher: Colourmast

Saddam’s Killing Fields: The Destruction of the Marshlands of Southern Iraq

1993


Saddam’s Killing Fields: The Destruction of the Marshlands of Southern Iraq


Commencing in the summer of 1991, Baghdad’s plans to destroy the marshes have proceeded systematically, stage by stage, involving the allocation of considerable financial, human and military resources. Eyewitnesses described how artillery initially bombed a district where engineering works were planned to clear the local population. Troops then moved in to secure the area for the engineers.


Pages: 150

Publisher: Briefing paper for the Iraqi opposition

This publication is no longer available

Addis Ababa: A pocket guide to Ethiopia’s capital city

1987


Addis Ababa: A pocket guide to Ethiopia’s capital city


Few generalizations can be made about this unique African city. Above all, it is a place of contrasts where the traditional and modern co-exist happily together. Modest huts and skyscrapers, donkeys and four-wheel-drive vehicles, tourists and peasants are all part of the amazing cultural jigsaw puzzle, whose numerous different pieces come together as Addis Ababa.


Format: Paperback

Pages: 128

Price: Various (see Amazon)