This lecture is organised by the Council for British Research in the Levant
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) as it has been known for centuries and trace the unique social resilience of Syrians right up to the present crisis.
Professor Dawn Chatty FBA, Emeritus Professor in Anthropology and Forced Migration, University of Oxford
Diana Darke, Author, broadcaster and journalist
This event is organised in partnership with Hurst Publishers. 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, no booking or registration required. Please note that seating is unreserved - the lecture room seats 70.
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