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Pasha of Baghdad

By Alwan, Arif

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Book Id: WPLBN0003437354
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File Size: 1.92 MB
Reproduction Date: 1992

Title: Pasha of Baghdad  
Author: Alwan, Arif
Language: Arabic
Subject: Fiction, Drama and Literature, Art
Collections: Authors Community, Art
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Publisher: Mira Publishing House cic
Member Page: Arif Alwan


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A long story written in the form of a scenario. It was set in the last period of Turkish Empire. The period in which appointing a state governor (Pasha) can easily come about by paying small amount of money to the Emperor’s men in Istanbul, without taking into consideration the characteristics and personality of the person who would they send to become ‘Pasha’ of Baghdad. The story contains harsh scenes about the life of Baghdad’s inhabitants, and heavily relies on the true history of the city of Baghdad, including its famous places and characters. The events move dramatically throughout the story with loads of scenes of violence and chaos that reflect the people's psyches, traditions and their sorrows and hopes.

Empires collapse soon after the corruption finds its way towards it. A story set in the last period of Turkish Empire.

Ali and Zahra are sitting next to each other. Zahra: Would it be war? Ali : I do not know, my father says when the Sultan sent his army to Baghdad it must be war, inside or outside the city . Zahra : ( jokingly ) and what about you, are you going to join? Ali : ( proudly , but sarcastically ) I'll be an officer in the cavalry battalion , with the gun "pistol" of three inches. I will occupy this neighborhood in the first day.. and every evening I would hold all guards.., from midnight till morning. (They laugh) Zahra: See, the light of dawn began to appear there over the orchards. Ali: It is scary. Zahra: Why do you see it scary ? Ali: With the full dawn, the war may start. (Pause..) ..Zahra, I thought yesterday to speak with my mother ... Zahra: About what? Ali : So she can talk to my father about our marriage .


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