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Preserving the Old City of Damascus

Faedah M. Totah

Cloth $39.95s    |    978-0-8156-3349-5    |    2014

ebook 978-0-8156-5262-5

"A highly revealing and engagingly written exposé on the powerful role of heritage in the construction, negotiation, and manipulation of cultural identity and cultural memory."—American Anthropologist

"Rich ethnographic data offering intimate insights into everyday life in pre-war Damascus make Preserving the Old City of Damascus a must-read not only for scholars working on identity, heritage, or urban change in the Middle East, but also for everyone with an interest in the Syrian capital."—Urban Geography

"The author’s sensitive and empathetic approach allows readers to appreciate how the complex interaction of investment capital, government policy, and local cultural attitudes influences the process of urban change in Damascus’s old historic neighborhood"—Choice

"Through nuanced, sensitive, and often touching portrayals of Damascenes from all walks of life—from children and young men and women navigating the streets, to energetic entrepreneurs intending to capitalize on a transformative moment—Totah offers us a unique perspective onto a city and a population undergoing rapid change."—Jonathan Shannon, Department of Anthropology, Hunter College

"A rich, personal, ethnographic account of the gentrification of one of the world’s oldest cities. Totah narrates with passion the local processes involved in the city’s current place making efforts and unlocks the secrets of what she terms the divine protection of its heritage."—Nezar AlSayyad, University of California, Berkeley

  Preserving the Old City of Damascus

  Faedah M. Totah is assistant professor in the political science unit at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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6 x 9, 328 pages, 16 black-and-white illustrations, notes, bibliography, glossary, index

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