Event / Council for British Research in the Levant, London

Dawn Chatty and Diana Darke – Syria’s People: Lessons for the Future?

22 Oct 2018 – 18.30 - 20.00

Dawn Chatty, author of Syria: The Making and Unmaking of a Refuge State and Diana Darke, author of The Merchant of Syria: A History of Survival will each give a presentation on their recent books. Together, these talks will explore Syria’s historical embrace of refugees of all hues – Christian, Muslim and Jewish and its impact on its people. Using individual case studies, they will illustrate the complex web of social interactions that Syria’s people have developed over time to counter the fallout from colonial and regional wars and from political turbulence in their region. Both books begin with the late Ottoman Empire and Greater Syria (Bilad al-Sham) and trace the unique social resilience of Syrians right up to the present crisis.

This is a CBRL public event organised in partnership with Hurst. Both books, ‘Syria: The Making and Unmaking of a Refuge State’ and ‘The Merchant of Syria: A History of Survival’ will be available to purchase at the event.

This event is free to attend but CBRL would kindly ask attendees for a suggested donation of £10 per person towards their Post-Graduate Travel Grants.

Seating is unreserved – the lecture room seats 70.

About the Authors:

Dawn Chatty is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology and Forced Migration and former Director of the Refugee Studies Centre, Department of International Development,  Oxford University and the author of Displacement and Dispossession in the Modern Middle East and From Camel to Truck.

Diana Darke is an Arabist and cultural expert 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. Her links to Syria are deep and ongoing.

The Merchant of Syria
A History of Survival
Syria
The Making and Unmaking of a Refuge State
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