Mohamed Makiya

Mohamed Makiya

A Modern Architect Renewing Islamic Tradition

9780863564161 July 2021 Hardback 256pp 30 black and white illustrations

About the Book

A fascinating biography of one of the Middle East’s greatest architects.

‘Makiya was Baghdad and Baghdad was Makiya.’ These words sum up the life of one of the Middle East’s most famous architects. Mohamed Makiya’s career spanned seven decades and included projects in more than ten countries. He was a master of incorporating traditional and classical styles into modern architecture. For Makiya, the continuity of tradition as a ‘living dimension’ was the justification for his work.

Makiya was revered as a teacher of architecture in Iraq, where he set up the first Department of Architecture at Baghdad University in 1959. Makiya was also a promoter of Iraqi art, which he displayed at his Kufa Gallery in London that was set up to build a bridge between the East and the West.

This compelling biography reveals the life of a visionary who achieved remarkable feats in Iraq and whose philosophy and humanity crossed all borders and cultures.

About the Author

Born in New Zealand, Karen Dabrowska is a journalist, writer and currently Director of Communications for Friends of South Yemen. She was previously the Development Officer for the Sudanese National Council. Dabrowska has worked as a journalist for the Evening Post daily newspaper, as features editor and then editor of New Horizon magazine, and as the London correspondent for the Jana News Agency. Her other publications include Iraq: The Ancient Sites and Iraqi Kurdistan, The Libyan Revolution: Diary of Qadha’s Newsgirl in London, Into the Abyss: Rights Violations in Bahrain, Iraq: Then and Now and Iraq Bradt Travel Guide.