Plays by Rasha Fadhil

Ishtar in Baghdad  

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

A dark play created in the shadow of the shocking revelations from Abu Ghraid. The Mesopotamian gods Ishtar and Tammuz, representing the ancient culture of Iraq, appalled by the current destruction and suffering, come down to earth to restore life and beauty.

Rasha Fadhil is an award-winning short-story writer, novelist, playwright, and journalist. She was born in Basra in 1975 and spent her childhood there, attended college and lived for a time in Tikrit, and currently resides in Lebanon. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Tikrit and was awarded a certificate in International Journalism and Media Studies from the Institute of Arab Strategy in Beirut in 2008. She has participated in numerous conferences, conventions, and literary and cultural events inside and outside of Iraq. Five of her books, consisting of collections of short stories, poetry, and criticism, have been published in Cairo and Syria. She is a member of the Federation of Writers in Iraq, the Advisory Board of the Palace of Culture and Arts in Salah al-Din, and the International PEN Club in Berlin. She has worked for the Red Crescent and the Red Cross in Iraq at the Department of Prisoners and Detainees as well as in health education addressing AIDS prevention. She was among the creative writers honored by the Iraqi Ministry of Culture in 2010 and has received several international awards in playwriting and short fiction. Her plays have been staged in Oman, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, and Iraq.