Archive Iraq is an open access, digital collection of primary and secondary source materials of Iraqi history for any and all who care to learn. We at Archive Iraq are an international, multilingual network of scholars who strive to create, recover, and maintain collective memory, fill gaps in cultural and historical records, and create open access educational materials that offer an inclusive, holistic, and corrective account that lends itself to community efforts for accountability and justice.
Rasha Al Aqeedi is the Middle East deputy editor of New Lines Magazine. She is an Iraqi researcher and analyst based in Washington D.C. Her work focuses on non-state armed groups, political Islam, and her hometown of Mosul, Iraq.
Ross Caputi is the Director of Archives at Archive Iraq and a PhD student of history at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He is also the main author of The Sacking of Fallujah: A People’s History (2019).
Patrick Deer is Associate Professor in the English department at NYU, where he teaches modern and contemporary British, American and postcolonial literature. He is faculty co-organizer of the NYU Cultures of War and the Postwar research collaborative which offers public programming with scholars, veterans, organizers, writers and artists. In addition to his scholarly book, Culture in Camouflage: War, Empire and Modern British Literature (Oxford UP, 2009; paperback 2016), he has published widely on war literature and war culture, transatlantic modernism and contemporary literature, media, music and film. He is currently working on a book project, We Are All Embedded: Understanding American War Culture Since 9/11.
Noor Ghazi is the President of Archive Iraq and a Professor in Practice at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, department of Peace, War and Defense. She holds a MA in Peace and Conflict Studies from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Noor has recently joined Mosul University in Iraq as a Visiting Lecturer. As part of the peace building effort and in collaboration with Iraqi Al Amal Association, UNDP and UNESCO, Noor translated “Preparing for Peace ” into Arabic, for the eminent peace scholar John Paul Lederach.
Richard Hil is adjunct professor in the School of Health Sciences and Social Work at Griffith University, Gold Coast; adjunct professor in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Southern Cross University; editorial collective member of Social Alternatives, board member of Plan C, and former convenor of the Ngara Institute. Richard has published extensively, his most recent book being, The Sacking of Fallujah: A People’s History, with Ross Caputi and Donna Mulhearn. Some of Richard’s earlier publications include Erasing Iraq: The Human Costs of Carnage, with Michel Otterman, and Dead Bodies don’t Count.
Dr. Kali Rubaii is the Director of Archive Iraq and an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at Purdue University. Her research explores the environmental impacts of less-than-lethal militarism, and how military projects (re)arrange political ecologies in the name of “letting live.” Her book project, Counter-resurgency, examines how farmers in Anbar, Iraq struggle to survive and recover from transnational counterinsurgency projects.
Nazli Tarzi is a multi-disciplinary, bilingual analyst with 9 years of experience in political risk consultancy and business intelligence. As a published academic and journalist, her portfolio focuses on state-society relations in the MENA region, as well as and violent extremist actors, quotidian life, civil disobedience and water (in)security issues. She is known for her writings on Iraq, which have been published in Al Jazeera, Al-Monitor, Arab Weekly, The New Arab, the Journal of Contemporary Iraq and the Arab World, and her TV credits include BBC Arabic and Netflix. Outside of politics, Tarzi is a keen archivist, cinephile and amateur filmmaker.
What We Do
We strive to give the public greater access to a more complete and nuanced understanding of Iraqi history. While so many important historical documents are out of reach for the vast majority, locked away in archives or hidden behind paywalls; a great many are available, scattered across the internet. Archive Iraq has gathered as many of those sources as possible, organized them in an open-access website, and made them as available as possible within the constraints of copyright law.
Compliance with Copyright Law and Fair Use Doctrine
We collect and preserve primary and secondary historical sources on Iraqi history, as well as producing our own sources (see our oral histories and the chapters on our timeline). However, we cannot make copyrighted materials available in their entirety due to copyright restrictions. In such cases, we offer guidance on where and how individuals can find those materials.
There are a great many journalistic articles that are essential primary source materials. These articles are cited in our chapters and linked to our Zotero library, where readers can find permalinks to the original source. Reports from NGOs are similarly copyrighted items, but the links in our Zotero library will guide readers to the original reports.
Academic journal articles are also cited in our chapters and linked to our Zotero library. However, many articles remain unavailable without a subscription.