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I am Baghdad. Who are you?

"I’ll always be here"

By Dr. Ahmad Al-Dabagh

The mundanity of daily life outside Hanan Mosque, which overlooks Baghdad’s famous Martyrs Bridge. The athan, or call to prayer, is heard echoing across the busy urban landscape. Photo by Dr. Ahmad Al-Dabagh.

My name is Baghdad. 

I was born in the 8th century. 

I birthed and raised Abbasid caliphs, scholars, poets, doctors, sultans and astronomers. 

Tales of One Thousand and One Nights were written about me. 

I was sieged,



And invaded

Over ten times throughout my lifetime, yet I’m still here.

And I’ll always be here. 

I am Baghdad. Who are you?

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Dr Ahmad Al-Dabagh is an Iraqi-Australian writer, photographer and traveller who was born in Baghdad and is currently residing in Sydney. He writes about belonging, nostalgia and the human condition. Ahmad aims to capture the beauty and melancholy of a bygone era.