Roaming Iraqi Kurdistan

Authored by: Stafford Clarry

Routledge Handbook on the Kurds

Print publication date:  August  2018
Online publication date:  August  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138646643
eBook ISBN: 9781315627427
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315627427-18

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Abstract

This is about being adventurous, exploring a land, and discovering its people. Traveling to and through any country is often about confronting expectations with the personal experience of meeting reality: flat, desert, hot, dry, or violent. Despite the Middle East’s persistent image of pervasive violence, there are extensive areas that are safe and secure; easily accessible and warmly welcoming; unhesitatingly friendly and hospitable; and freezing cold in winter, with rugged snowy mountains, and lusciously green in spring, with wildflowers everywhere, with deep canyons and lakes, and with flowing waterfalls, rivers, and streams. Iraqi Kurdistan, a major part of northern Iraq, is one such area. Touch wood, no American nor any other Westerner has been fatally harmed in Iraqi Kurdistan during the 2003 Iraq War and its aftermath, to date.

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