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IRAQ: History textrbooks

The san Francisco Cbronicle (9/27/03) has a long article by Vivienne Walt on the new textbooks used in Iraq. She describes how Iraqi education, once excellent, had been stultified by the Ba'athist regime.

Clearly history textbooks are most in need of revision. Yesterday I had a conversation with another educated Iranian American, and once more I got the Iranian version of history, I said that Baghdad flourished under the Arabs, who had seized Iraq when Iran was weakened by its wars with Turkey. She quickly corrected me, saying that the height of Baghdad's culture came before the Arab invasion, when its language was still farsi. Which of us is right?

Ronald Hilton - 09.29.03