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In Iraq’s city of bookshops, theology and poetry rub spines

Haydar Indhar writes for AFP:

In the covered alleyways of old Najaf in Iraq, poetry and philosophy books compete on laden shelves with economic treatises, the Koran and other theological tomes for students' attention.

Since leaving his native Bangladesh for the Shiite holy city three years ago, religious student Mohammed Ali Reda has regularly frequented secondhand bookstores.

There are many like him in Najaf.

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