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A Herbal of Iraq

An illustrated and informative guide to Iraqi herbal medicine.
The flora of Iraq is particularly rich and varied, owing to the country’s diverse landscapes of deserts, plains, and mountains. Accordingly, plant-based medicine has always played an important role in the daily lives of Iraqis. Edited by experts from both the University of Oxford and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew—working in collaboration with Iraqi botanists—A Herbal of Iraq describes fifty plants and their uses in traditional herbal medicine in the region. In addition to the wealth of information it contains, this dual-language English-Arabic herbal is illustrated throughout with archival and contemporary botanical art, making it an object of beauty as well as a helpful resource.

160 pages | 60 color plates | 6 1/4 x 8 1/2

Biological Sciences: Botany

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii
by Abdul Jaleel Ibrahim Al-Quragheely,
the Doctor of Al-Ashab ix
The Flora of Iraq 1
Biogeography 1
Flora 2
Plant communities 3
Desert 3
Mixed shrubland 4
Mountain forest 4
Alpine forest 5
Traditional Herbal Medicine in Iraq 5
About This Book
The selected plants 13
The story of the Doctor of Al-Ashab 13
The Plants 17
References 00
of Latin, English Common and Vernacular Names 00

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