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Thursday, June 24, 2004
Books for Iraq

By Steven Taylor @ 11:01 am

I have volunteered to help Dr. Safaa al-Hamdani, a biology professor at Jacksonville State University (another school here in Alabama) in a book drive to collect texts to help populate the Baghdad University library, which, between post-war looting and multi-decade neglect by the Saddam regime is in serious need of help.

While I am focusing my efforts on my university, and other schools in Alabama with which I have contact, I thought a note to the Blogosphere wouldn’t hurt.

While books from any discipline are welcome, Dr. al-Hamdani notes that there is a special need for science, math and medical texts. Also, he asks that books no older than five years be collected, as given the cost of shipping we want to make sure we are sending usable books. Also, funds to help ship the books are also in need.

If you can help, please contact me directly at University/school e-mail (all that info can be found by clicking on the “Academic Site” link under the PoliBlog logo)-or just click here..

If you are able to help, books or donations could be sent directly to me.

There is a brief news story about the book drive here.

UPDATES: If you wish to send cash to help defray the costs of the shipping, here’s the information for that:

Books or checks made payable to Books for Baghdad may be sent to Dr. Al-Hamdani in care of the Department of Biology, Jacksonville State University, 700 Pelham Road North, Jacksonville, AL 36265.

And here’s a more extensive story about the project.

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  • Mises Economics Blog: Austrian Economics and Libertarian Political Theory linked with Books Over Baghdad?
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  1. Great cause. I’ve linked your posting to my blog above, and will try to round up some books myself.

    Nathan Moore
    Nashville, TN

    Comment by Nathan Moore — Sunday, June 27, 2004 @ 6:57 pm

  2. > Also, he asks that books no older than five years be collected

    I must have missed all those exciting advancements in the field of Euclidean geometry…

    Comment by Sarcastic Comment — Monday, June 28, 2004 @ 4:18 am

  3. Thanks for your interest in Dr. Al-Hamdani’s book drive!

    About $3,000 is going to be needed to cover the cost of shipping. So in addition to sending books, please consider making a monetary donation to Books for Baghdad project at Paypal and checks are accepted.

    More information on the project is also available at the site.

    Thanks again!

    Comment by Books For Baghdad — Wednesday, July 14, 2004 @ 8:40 pm

  4. Sorry, that link is

    Comment by Books For Baghdad — Wednesday, July 14, 2004 @ 8:41 pm

  5. Have Dr. Safaa Al-Hamdani and his generous friends at Jackson State U. contacted Dan Henninger, the ‘Wonderland’ columnist for the Wall Street Journal? He recently ran a one-day column on the drive to raise money to buy and ship television station equipment for Baghdad, hoping to raise $100,000. They raised $700,000 cash, in one day, from free-press-philiac Americans!

    Perhaps the most valuable science books to send to Iraq are those on the philosophy of Science, particulary those about the Scientific Method: Popper’s is more than five years old, but Ziman’s comes to mind as being more recent. Where the Scientific Method goes, freedom eventually flourishes, as the ‘Golden Age of Islam’ in Baghdad during the 10-11C amply demonstrates.

    The only weapon stronger than a gun is an idea.
    Sending science books is a GREAT idea!

    Don Kirk

    “It seems appropriate to say that the principles of equality and freedom of people, regardless of race, religion or national origin, were recognized first by Islam.” - Dr. Ibrahim Abdulla Al-Marzouqi, Human Rights in Islamic Law

    Comment by Don Kirk — Saturday, July 17, 2004 @ 7:41 pm

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