My House in Damascus: An Inside View of the Syrian Revolution

My House in Damascus: An Inside View of the Syrian Revolution

by Diana Darke

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How did Syria’s revolution reach this its current boiling point? And what’s next? This updated edition of My House in Damascus offers an insider’s view on these questions and the darker recesses of Syria’s history, politics, and society.

Diana Darke, a fluent Arabic speaker who moved to Damascus in 2004 after decades of regular visits, details how the Assad regime, and its relationship to the people, differs from the regimes in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya—and 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. Including additional material on topics like the advance of the Islamic State, as well as a new epilogue describing the current turmoil surrounding her house and the refugees she tried to help, this edition of My House in Damascus powerfully documents the human cost of the ongoing civil war.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781908323996
Publisher: Haus Publishing
Publication date: 08/15/2015
Edition description: New edition
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,150,427
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Diana Darke is the author of the Bradt Travel Guide to Syria and has had a keen interest in the country since her first visit in 1978. She was forced to leave Damascus when the revolution began, but she has returned multiple times since.

Table of Contents

1. Worlds of Conflict and Harmony
2. Unescorted
3. Escorted
4. Nobody’s Poodle
5. Into the Unknown
6. The Dead Auntie
7. Insurance Against Fate?
8. Revelations
9. Friends and Brides
10. The Donkey Between Two Carrots
11. The Law and Educational Corruption
12. Completion and the Caretaker
13. No Return
14. Monasteries and Desperation
15. Thugs and Tamerlane
16. The Triumph of Asabiyya
17. Future Imperfect and Perfect
Cast of Characters
A Note on the Choice of Clarity

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