In this Sunday, April 16, 2017 photo, Ali al-Moussawi, right, the owner of a mobile book truck, arranges his books on a street in Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)
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The Iraqis guarding Baghdad's many checkpoints, on the lookout for car bombs and convoys, don't know what to make of Ali al-Moussawi when he pulls up in a truck displaying shelves of glossy books. The mobile bookstore is the latest in a series of efforts by the 25-year-old to share his passion for reading and revive a love for books in Baghdad, which was once the literary capital of the Muslim world but is now better known for bombs than poems.On one recent afternoon, Moussawi drove to an upscale neighborhood and parked at a mall near the University of Baghdad.Salma Abdul-Karim, a 25-year old student, said her passion for reading came from growing up in a family of poetry lovers, but on that afternoon she opted for a biography of Oprah Winfrey.
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