By Brian Stoddart

As Syria confronts an doubtful destiny, a home in Damascus seeks to stability the Western view with the lives and perspectives of the typical humans dwelling within the world’s oldest carrying on with capital urban

Drawn from the author's stories happening instantly sooner than the 2011-2012 social and political upheaval, each one tale strains the previous urban of Damascus and its people's current in the course of the earlier, shooting the common human point frequently lacking from the strategic and political bills.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Brian Stoddart is an Emeritus Professor of l. a. Trobe collage in Melbourne. informed as a social historian, he now works as a global better schooling reform advisor in international locations corresponding to Lao PDR, Cambodia, Jordan and Syria.
www.professorbrianstoddart.com

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The driver might be old or young (but always male), but the car was the giveaway. Unless it was brand new out of the showroom, then that car likely had a careful driver. By definition, the reverse was also true. If "adventure" was desired, the battered car with dust and tape its covering holes was the answer. The more battered the better, and the jackpot had been hit if the seatbelt in the front did not work, the seat itself rocked uncontrollably, and all its springs had apparently been dropped somewhere near Homs.

It was near the agent's own house off Quemariye, the main walking and car route from Bab Touma to the Umayyad Mosque, and really in the middle of the Old City. The location was good. So was the door in the anonymous wall. The courtyard was big but the fountain gone. Maybe that was why the price was lower. This house was renovated, too, but botched. A gloomy sitting room adjoined an even gloomier tiny kitchen. A sitting room had an unpainted, thin plywood sliding door shoved across it to make a second bedroom.

Somewhere between 1858 (when the Murray guide appeared) and 1876 (when the Thomas Cook variation was published), this great Islamic centre was opened to foreign tour groups. 10 The authorities were charging the tourists to come and see the slogan at which they could then rail once back outside. According to the Islamic tradition, the Jesus Minaret marks the spot where Jesus will descend on the Day of Judgment, prepared to fight the anti-Christ. The symbolism of anti-Bashar al-Assad demonstrations staged near the Mosque a few months later had powerful resonance.

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