February/March  2005, Vol. 6 No. 4


Articles included:

Blast that Killed Former PM Hariri Stuns Country, Galvanizes Nation, AUB Students, and Medical Staff
Mobilized, AUBMC Responds to Trauma
Nurse Mazen Zahabi Will Always Be Remembered for His Smile and Kindness
A Tribute Abdel Rahman Munif (1933-2004)
Diary of a Dog: Wise “Dogs” Speak Out
Passion and Curiosity Drive Physics Professor’s Success
New Writing Center
An Interdisciplinary Core Course in Cognitive Science
Al-Jahiz: A Muslim Humanist for Our Time
“Field” Photography: Anthropometry of the Marsh Arabs of Iraq, 1934
New Media Relations Officer
New Faculty Profiles: FAFS
AUB to Host Multi-Faceted Sustainability Forum
Osama: The Making of a Terrorist
Explorations of American Society
Donations for Museum Renovations Also Expected to Reap Educational Benefits
Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon
Technology Takes a Firmer Position in the Classroom—Mellon Seminar, Summer 2004


Energy for Sustainable Development
The Brown Bag Tradition Continues
Medical Librarians Participate in Regional Conference
Anis Makdisi Program in Literature: A Space for Dialogue and Exchange
Medical Students Vote for Best Professor
AUB’s Scholarship Committee Raises $125,000 for Financial Aid
School of Nursing Centennial Celebrations Launched
University Calendars, HIP, Promotion, and Tenure
AIDS at AUB in 2004: Awareness Campaigns and Fundraising Activities
Cafeteria Reopened
Riad Abdel-Gawad Awarded Visiting Professorship
Sadek Jalal Al-Azm Lectures on Post-9/11
University Calendars, 2005


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Omar Dewachi

In 1934, anthropologist Henry Field (1902–1986) headed an expedition to the Tigris-Euphrates region of Iraq to carry out an anthropometric survey of the Marsh Arabs, the mi’dan tribes. Field’s team photographed the tribes in their setting, thus recording not only the physical characteristics of the people and the region, but also their cultural characteristics. The photographs, known as the Field Collection, are now on exhibit in Harvard’s Peabody Museum.

On January 6, in a lecture organized by the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), Omar Dewachi, the curator of that collection, gave the AUB community the opportunity to see some of those photographs. Dewachi, who is currently a visiting lecturer at FHS and a PhD candidate in social anthropology at Harvard University, “tried to recreate a multi-layered narrative of Field’s expedition to the Marsh Arab lands” by displaying some of the most expressive and communicative photographs of the collection and outlining the anthropological conclusions that could be drawn from those photos. The location and

landscape of the Marsh Arab dwellings, the traditional dress codes, the means of transport, types of harvest, and the social customs were shown, accompanied by relevant narratives derived from Henry Field’s memoirs and publications.

According to Dewachi, the Marsh Arabs, who had been “plagued with public health problems…, and whose attempt at revolt was crushed  in 1992 by Saddam Hussein, who in return diverted the flow of the rivers from their area, thus causing drought in their region,” are now witnessing the restoration of infrastructure. However, Dewachi said, “the future of the Marsh Arabs is still unknown.”


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