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Autor: Marie Fadel
Publisher: Haus Pub
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Rafik Schami lived in Damascus for twenty-five years before going into exile and becoming a prize-winning novelist. But he never forgot Damascus, the Pearl of the Orient, the city he loves most in the world. This beautifully written journey around the city is alive with its colors and smells and tells of the yearning of exile.


Autor: Rafik Schami
Publisher: Haus Pub.
ISBN: 9781906598839
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Damascus was Rafik Schami’s home for 25 years before he went into exile, and he neverforgot it. This ‘Pearl of the Orient’ is still the city he loves more than any other. Thirtyyears later, and now a prize-winning novelist, Schami leapt at the chance to write a culinary-cultural book on his former home town. There were, however, two seemingly insurmountablebarriers - time and geography. So Schami’s sister Marie wandered throughDamascus for a year on his behalf, relaying curiosities, sounds, personalities, tastes andthe smells of the Old City, while Schami wrote them down, relishing the diverse mark lefton Damascene cuisine by its multifarious history. Rafik Schami is the acclaimed authorof The Dark Side of Love.

Preserving The Old City Of Damascus

Autor: Faedah M. Totah
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
ISBN: 0815652623
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In Preserving the Old City of Damascus, Totah examines the recent gentrification of the historic urban core of the Syrian capital and the ways in which urban space becomes the site for negotiating new economic and social realities. The book illustrates how long-term inhabitants of the historic quarter, developers, and government officials offer at times competing interpretations of urban space and its use as they vie for control over the representation of the historic neighborhoods. Based on over two years of ethnographic and archival research, this book expands our understanding of neoliberal urbanism in non-western cities.

Power Sect And State In Syria

Autor: A. Maria A. Kastrinou
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 1784532207
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The Syrian state's rhetoric of Arab nationalism left little room for the official recognition of minority identities in pre-war Syria. Yet in practice, the state continually engaged with the Druze and other minorities to reinforce its legitimacy, often through cultural policy. Uncovering this neglected aspect of pre-war Syrian politics, Kastrinou explores the cultural politics of marriage in Syria, primarily among the Druze, to reveal how practical rituals of marriage inform sectarian and national identity formation. Challenging the assumed inherence of sectarianism and Druze endogamy, the book provides an historical and ethnographic account of political power and its relation to social control in Syria. It demonstrates the centrality of the body to Druze cosmology and how ritual performances of birth, marriage and death maintain and negotiate sectarian cohesion. Connecting these struggles to national and international politics, Kastrinou examines how both the Syrian government and the European Union have sponsored marriage-themed dance performances in Syria, each leveraging its cultural importance to legitimise their own policy goals. The book establishes marriage as a pervasive idiom for the construction of collective identity in Syria, which is appropriated by individuals, sects, states and intergovernmental organizations alike. Its conclusions are relevant to scholars of Middle East studies, sectarianism, anthropology and politics.


Autor: Diana Darke
Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides
ISBN: 9781841621623
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This guide includes archaeological and historical sites, an in-depth examination of Islam, and travel tips and accommodations for those seeking a genuine understanding of Syria.


Autor: P.D. Smith
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1408811200
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For the first time in the history of our planet, more than half the population-3.3 billion people-is now living in cities. City is the ultimate guidebook to our urban centers-the signature unit of human civilization. With erudite prose and carefully chosen illustrations, this unique work of metatourism explores what cities are and how they work. It covers history, customs and language, districts, transport, money, work, shops and markets, and tourist sites, creating a fantastically detailed portrait of the city through history and into the future. The urban explorer will revel in essays on downtowns, suburbs, shantytowns and favelas, graffiti, skylines, crime, the theater, street food, sport, eco-cities, and sacred sites, as well as mini essays on the Tower of Babel, flash mobs, ghettos, skateboarding, and SimCity, among many others. Drawing on a vast range of examples from across the world and throughout history, City is extensively illustrated with full-color photographs, maps, and other images. Acclaimed author and independent scholar P. D. Smith explores what it was like to live in the first cities, how they have evolved, and why in the future, cities will play an even greater role in human life.


Autor: Marius Kociejowski
Publisher: Eland & Sickle Moon Books
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This collection of travel writing explores Syria, the tourism capital of the Middle East. It is designed to stand beside Ross Burns's Monuments of Syria as the other bible of travel in Syria.