by Geoff Hann

Iraq’s rich and inspirational history is easily forgotten in the tragic turmoil of recent years. This is where writing began and where zero was introduced into mathematics! While parts of the country remain off limit to tourists, there is still plenty to see: Kurdistan’s capital Erbil is one of the world’s oldest inhabited cities; respectful visitors are welcome at the dazzling shrines of Kerbala, Najaf and Kufa; and the ruins of ancient Mesopotamian cities can still be explored.

Written both for the armchair traveler and the career adventurer, Bradt’s guide to Iraq has detailed information on history and tradition. It provides a clear explanation of the background to the current unrest, and gives comprehensive advice on security and cultural etiquette.