In the late 20th Century, Iraq’s academics and intelligentsia were renowned throughout the world. Even after the calamitous events of the 1990-1991 Gulf War and the subsequent crippling sanctions regime imposed upon the Iraqi people, Iraqi academics were in demand and readily accepted by international institutions.
This tradition of intellectual excellent stretches far back into the history of the lands associated with modern day Iraq. Trailblazing philosophers, scientists, mathematicians and jurists have long flourished in the Land of the Two Rivers, as Iraqis affectionately call their country.
Who can forget such intellectual giants such as the 9th Century polymath al-Kindi, and the mathematical genius of al-Khwarizmi whose innovations in algorithms modern technology is indebted to. Thank the scholars of Baghdad’s House of Wisdom before you thank Steve Jobs for your iPhone.