Academics in Mosul are attempting to revive the city’s barren libraries in order to revive the city’s cultural heritage. For centuries, Mosul was known for its artists, writers, and libraries brimming with books in multiple languages, before jihadists destroyed everything.
The 3,000-year-old Royal Ashurbanipal library in Mosul was one of the victims of the war and the fighting between the Islamic State and the Iraqi forces and Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF). Moslawi intellectuals call upon government and international organisations to rebuild the historic library.
Although the war ended a year ago, the University of Mosul has not been rebuilt. The University's administrators blame both the central government and the international community for the lack of reconstruction. Nonetheless, the University's students are continuing their studies despite the widespread destruction.