Home-turned-museum retains 'soul' of southern Iraq

An imposing house stands out among other buildings in Iraq’s Samawah city — once a multi-generational family home, it’s now a museum of a bygone age in the country’s tribal south. Abdellatif al-Jablawi, the property’s owner and family patriarch, led a tour of the traditional house where he was born 80 years ago. At the time, three generations, from grandparents to grandchildren, lived in the house, with its intricate “shanasheel” bay windows, wooden balconies and tall doors topped by elaborate lintels. “Over the generations, everyone preferred to rent elsewhere and the house emptied out,” sai…

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