Merchant of Syria - Diana Darke (Hardcover)

A History of Survival

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The remarkable story of Abu Chaker (1921 - 2013, born in Homs), who saved his family and its fortune amid a brutal civil war by buying a woollen mill in northern England.

Product Details

Barcode
9781849049405
Department
Books
Released
5 Apr 2018
Supply Source
UK

Book

Author
Diana Darke
Subtitle
A History of Survival
Binding
Hardback
Publisher
C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Language
English
Number of Pages
224
Dimensions
216 x 138 x 138mm (216g)

Summary

What hope is there for Syria? Clues can be found in the story of the Syrian cloth merchant Abu Chaker and his success against the odds.

Barely literate, and supporting his mother and sisters from the age of ten, Abu Chaker built up a business empire--despite twice losing everything he had. Diana Darke follows his tumultuous journey, from instability in Syria and civil war in Lebanon, to his arrival in England in the 1970s, where he rescued a failing Yorkshire textile mill, Hield Bros, and transformed it into a global brand.

The Merchant of Syria tells two parallel stories: the life of a cloth merchant and his resilience, and the rich history of a nation built on trade. Over millennia Syria has seen great conflict and turmoil, but like the remarkable story of Abu Chaker, it continues to survive.

Non-Fiction

General Subject
Current & World Affairs
BISAC Subject 1
Social Science / Islamic Studies
BISAC Subject 2
History / Middle East / General
BIC Classification 2
Middle Eastern history
BIC Classification 3
Islamic studies
BIC Classification 4
Biography: business & industry
Dewey Classification
338.7677092
Readership
General (US: Trade)

Author Bio

Diana Darke is an Arabic translator and cultural specialist who has lived and worked in the Middle East for over thirty years. She is the author of My House in Damascus: An Inside View of the Syrian Crisis (Haus, 2016). Her links to Syria are deep and ongoing.