David Landis

Ibn Jubayr Senior Fellow

David Landis

Land of the Three Rivers: A Journey from Urfa to Erbil

David undertook an expedition by bicycle to traverse the northern watersheds of three historic rivers: the Euphrates, Tigris, and Zab. He explored the spaces in between– between past and present, between storied rivers, between communities with their own unique yet interconnected stories.

This journey connected parts of his personal and professional experience in Turkey and Iraq over the past two decades, and we're thrilled to have joined him!

David shared his experiences on social media as he traveled from Urfa to Erbil. Check out our social media accounts, or click the highlights below!

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The Journey: A Summary

The Journey: A Summary

The Journey: A Summary

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Akre to Erbil

Akre to Erbil

Akre to Erbil, 110km

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The Barzan Valley

The Barzan Valley

Deraluk, The Great Zab River, Pirs Mountain, Dinarta, Gali Zinta, and Akre

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Duhok to Amedi

Duhok to Amedi

Duhok to Amedi, 83km

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Cizre to Duhok

Cizre to Duhok

Cizre, Ibrahim Halil Crossing, Zakho, Duhok

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The Tigris River

The Tigris River

The Tigris River

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Midyat to Cizre

Midyat to Cizre

Midyat, Hah, St. Bosus Monastery, Idil, Cizre

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Mor Gabriel to Midyat

Mor Gabriel to Midyat

Mor Gabriel, Hah, Mor Sobo, Mor Yakub d'Salah in Bariştepe, and Midyat

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Midyat to Mor Yakub d’Qarno

Midyat to Mor Yakub d’Qarno

Nusaybin, Mor Avgin, Kafro Pizza, and Mor Yakub d’Qarno

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Deyrulzafaran to Midyat

Deyrulzafaran to Midyat

Deyrulzafaran to Midyat, 93km

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Mardin to Deyrulzafaran (Part 2)

Mardin to Deyrulzafaran (Part 2)

Mardin to Deyrulzafaran, 7km

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Mardin to Deyrulzafaran (Part 1)

Mardin to Deyrulzafaran (Part 1)

Mardin to Deyrulzafaran, 7km

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Viranşehir to Mardin

Viranşehir to Mardin

Viranşehir to Mardin, 117km

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Urfa to Viranșehir

Urfa to Viranșehir

Urfa to Viranșehir, 134km

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Ibrahim Al-Khalil

Ibrahim Al-Khalil

Ibrahim Al-Khalil, or Abraham or the Friend

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Kisas

Kisas

The Village of Kisas

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Urfa and Göbekli Tepe

Urfa and Göbekli Tepe

The Urfa Museum and Göbekli Tepe

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Urfa

Urfa

The City of Urfa

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Inspiration

Inspiration

The Space Between Has Been the Inspiration

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A Decade Later

A Decade Later

What Happens in a Place Over 10 Years?

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The Road Ahead

The Road Ahead

Looking Forward to the Road Ahead

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