Reveals the splendours of early twentieth-century architecture still standing in Iraq's capital, despite international sanctions and the ravages of war. Caecilia Pieri's photographs (taken between 2003 and 2006)present Baghdad's architecture in a historic
Twenty chapters, authored by leading scholars from around the world, explore the astonishing variety of building styles and traditions that have evolved over millennia in a region of diverse terrains, extreme climates and distinctive local histories.
The Persian Gulf, possessing half of the world's total oil reserves, has over the past few centuries become a major centre of global attention and conflict. Extensive recent architectural and planning activity in Persian Gulf countries has been equally dramatic and influential.