A Herbal of Iraq


Available for Pre-order. Due July 2022.
A Herbal of Iraq Editor: Shahina A Ghazanfar Illustrator: Thorogood Chris J. Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Royal Botanic Gardens
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Pages: 160 Language: English / Arabic ISBN: 9781842467633 Categories: , Tag:

The flora of Iraq is particularly rich and diverse, owing to the country’s diverse habitats of deserts, plains and mountains and plant-based medicine has always played an important role in people’s daily lives there. The inspiration for this book was the work of the Iraqi herbalist, Abdul Jaleel Ibrahim Al-Quragheely, who documented the country’s flora and its uses in ethnobotanical medicine. He opened a local practice in 1990 and dispensed herbal medicines for six years when communities were most in need.

Edited by experts at the University of Oxford and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in collaboration with botanists in Iraq, A Herbal of Iraq describes 50 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 richly illustrated throughout with archival and contemporary botanical art and is an object of beauty.

English and Arabic language

Weight0.25 kg


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Author Biography

Shahina A. Ghazanfar is a senior botanist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and is a co-editor of Flora of Tropical East Africa (Kew Publishing), author of the Flora of Oman and is currently author and editor of Flora of Iraq. She is a Fellow of the Linnean Society and is recipient of the Linnean Medal (Botany) 2021. Chris J. Thorogood is Deputy Director and Head of Science of the University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum and is a wildlife artist, botanical illustrator, and an international best-selling author.