The Old Bazaars of Old Mosul, where the heart of its social identity, has been severely damaged during the battle to retake the city from ISIS. For centuries, the Old Bazaars played a key role in preserving and developing a socio – economic system that maintained the the coexistence in Mosul. It served not just as an economic core for the city but brought all different groups of Mosul together in a very complicated but very sold social structure. In the markets we can learn, through out the history of Mosul, how Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities lived together and contributed to the shaping of Mosul’s identity.
It was also the area where the Mosuli dialect, Oral literature, and proverbs where produced. A very quick look into the book of Mosul’s proverbs can shed the light on thousands of proverbs related to the Old Bazaars.
Since the libration of Mosul and the locals were running initiatives to rebuild the Old Mosul and its markets. The rebuilding of Mosul Mosul is essential in rehabilitation and healing the wounds of the people who suffered from one of the most brutal wars the world have ever since the second world war.
And since the Old Bazaars are the place of coexistence, I argue that any efforts toward the reconciliations in post ISIS Mosul without taking into consideration the full recovery of Old Mosul and its Bazaars will result into nothing but more devastated and divided communities. As the Old Bazaars have brought Jewish, Christian and Muslim all together in one place where they communicate the language of collaboration and coexistence. It can also help the Yazidis to heal from their wounds as Old Mosul is their market of selling the Sinjar productions.
In those photos you will see the rehabilitation of three main markets in Old Mosul:
Serchkhana, Khalid B. Al Walid, and Nineveh St.