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My House in Damascus


How did Syria’s revolution lose its way? Drawing on the author’s first-hand knowledge of the country’s complex religious and ethnic communities, this book illuminates the darker recesses of Syria’s history, politics, and society.

With the unique perspective of an Arabic-speaking British woman, Diana Darke became deeply embedded in all levels of Syrian society when she bought and restored a house in a mixed Sunni/Shi‘a neighbourhood of the walled Old City of Damascus.

In September 2012, as fighting intensified and millions were forced to flee their homes, she offered her house as a sanctuary to friends. By following her experiences and struggles with the realities of life on the ground inside Syria, the reader will arrive at a clearer understanding of why the country remains locked in conflict and why most ordinary Syrians are caught between a repressive government and a splintering opposition.

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