Interview: Malka Al Saadi & Mutaz Al Mudaris,


Interview: Malka Al Saadi & Mutaz Al Mudaris,


Moving back and forth between their shared and separate life experiences, Dr. Malka Al Saadi and her son Mutaz Al Mudaris talk about their lives in Iraq; his education and professional life; the horrors of the 2003 Gulf War and how it devastated Iraqi life and culture; their flight to Jordan and her return to her hospital and medical work in Baghdad; her multiple heart attacks; the decision to move to the United States and Philadelphia, where one of her daughters was already living; their love of Philadelphia, which they much prefer to New York because of the slower pace of life, closer resemblance to the housing and landscape of Baghdad, and diversity that reminds them of the diversity of Iraq before the war; and related topics. Dr. Malka Al Saadi was one of Iraq’s first female gynecologists and a professor at the Sadaam College of Medicine in Baghdad before she was forced to flee Iraq in the wake of the 2003 Gulf War. After living and teaching on Malaysia, in 2009 she immigrated to the United States with her son Mutaz, where they reunited with her daughter Afaf. Today, in Iraqi tradition, the family continues to live together with Afaf’s children. One of Dr. Al Saadi’s four children, Mutaz Al Mudaris’s primary employment is as a medical interpreter at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Educated as an agricultural engineer, he worked a number of jobs in Iraq, fled to Jordan after the 2003 War, and then immigrated to Philadelphia with his mother. Dr. Al Saadi has written an autobiography, "Beyond the Sandstorm: A Woman’s Journey From Baghdad to Philadelphia" (Author House 2016), that includes short autobiographies of each of her four children.


March 16, 2019




Charles Hardy, III


Malka Al Saadi
Mutaz Al Mudaris

Interview Keyword

Amman (Jordan)

Indexed By

Nicholas Heydeman


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