Gilgamesh is an Iraqi freelance writer and essayist based in Turkey. He writes essays and articles on Middle Eastern politics, education, art, literature and women's rights. He writes for electronic magazines including Al Fanar Media, Hewar Mutamaddin “Civil Talk” and publishes book reviews in Iraqi newspapers. Some of his essays have appeared in USA Today and other American newspapers. He has active pages on Facebook on art, archaeology and global heritage. He carries has a degree from the Kasr Al Ainy school of medicine – Egypt.
University students living under Islamic State rule have to get through bureaucratic minefields and military scrutiny to get their degrees.
As the Islamic State tightens its grip on Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, it is revealing its approach to teaching and the curriculum.
The advance of Islamic militants in northern Iraq ended the year early for many students and professors, and now they are academic refugees.
Hundreds of private schools are opening up each year in Iraq, while public schools are deteriorating.
Armed fighters showed up at testing centers offering the answers to questions. Some administrators chased them off. Some didn’t.
A story of how Arab universities steered a man away from his true passions, until he seized control.