Saturday, April 20, 2013

Day R: Rasheed Street

This April, I will be participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge, writing about the A to Z of Iraqi Culture. Do give in your own two cents in the comments below and let me know if you have anything to add or something similar to share from your own culture.


Coffee shops, restaurants, buildings, shops, pharmacies, clinics, studios, laboratories, government buildings and thousands of strollers keep this important street in Baghdad buzzing with life all day.

Home to famous mosques such as the Haider Khana built in 1819 and ancient markets such as the Haraj, most of the buildings on this street date back to the twenties. Officially opened in 1916, Al Rasheed Street has always been a symbol of Iraq's thriving culture.

It is here in those coffee shops where some of Iraq's most prominent intellectuals found their source of inspiration, and it is here where many important discussions and debates take place between members from all classes of society.

Old pictures of Al-Rasheed Street

Policeman helping a kid cross the road
School-children protesting against the British Occupation

Al- Rasheed Street today



  1. Great photos!

  2. I think most major cities have something similar to this kind of street.

  3. It's great to read about Iraqi history that's more positive. I've actually never seen old pictures like this of that part of the world. Thanks for sharing. Writer’s Mark

  4. We have a similar place here in Calicut too! Called 'Mittayitheruvu' - Sweetmeat street - and fondly abbreviated to SM street, you can get anything from clothes to home appliances here. My favourite place in the entire city :)

  5. Rasheed street looks like a very well developed place. My brother's name is Abdul Rasheed.

  6. It seems that all great civilisations have a distinctive street. In Singapore near here, it is Orchard Road..


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