My House in Damascus - Diana Darke (Paperback)

An Inside View of the Syrian Revolution

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Barcode
9781908323644
Department
Books
Released
15 Aug 2014
Supply Source
UK

Book

Author
Diana Darke
Subtitle
An Inside View of the Syrian Revolution
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Univ of Chicago Pr
Language
English
Number of Pages
260
Dimensions
222 x 140mm

Annotation

How did Syria's revolution lose its way? My House in Damascus illuminates the darker recesses not just of Syria's history and politics, but also of its society and secrets. Diana Dark's firsthand experience of Syria's many diverse communities explains why Syria was always a special case and why the Assad regime was never likely to collapse.

Summary

The ongoing conflict in Syria has made clear just how limited the general knowledge of Syrian society and history is in the West. For those watching the headlines and wondering what led the nation to this point, and what might come next, this book is a perfect place to start developing a deeper understanding.

Based on decades of living and working in Syria, My House in Damascus offers an inside view of Syria’s cultural and complex religious and ethnic communities. Diana Darke, a fluent Arabic speaker who moved to Damascus in 2004 after decades of regular visits, details the ways that the Assad regime, and its relationship to the people, differs from the regimes in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libyaand why it was thus always less likely to collapse quickly, even in the face of widespread unrest and violence. Through the author’s firsthand experiences of buying and restoring a house in the old city of Damascus, which she later offered as a sanctuary to friends, Darke presents a clear picture of the realities of life on the ground and what hope there is for Syria’s future.

Non-Fiction

General Subject
History/World
BISAC Subject 1
History / Middle East / General
BISAC Subject 2
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Dewey Classification
956