Kanan Makiya

Kanan Makiya

Kanan Makiya just stepped down as the Sylvia K. Hassenfeld Professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at Brandeis University. His titles include the nonfiction works Republic of Fear: The Politics of Modern Iraq (1989), The Monument (1991), and Cruelty and Silence: War, Tyranny, Uprising and the Arab World (1993), as well as the novels, The Rock: A Seventh-Century Tale of Jerusalem (2001), and The Rope (2016). Makiya has written for the Independent, the New York Times, New York Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, and the Times. He is currently working on a book in Arabic titled, On Cruelty, of which this article forms one chapter.

The Dying Lion

By Kanan Makiya

     An excerpt from the author’s forthcoming book On Cruelty The suburbs of the city of Mosul on the eastern banks of the Tigris overlay a huge expanse of ruins through […]