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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 residing within the world’s oldest carrying on with capital urban

Drawn from the author's stories taking place instantly prior to the 2011-2012 social and political upheaval, every one tale strains the previous urban of Damascus and its people's current during the previous, shooting the common human point frequently lacking from the strategic and political bills.

Brian Stoddart is an Emeritus Professor of los angeles Trobe college in Melbourne. knowledgeable as a social historian, he now works as a global larger schooling reform advisor in international locations corresponding to Lao PDR, Cambodia, Jordan and Syria.

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Some visitors slept in a corner, exhausted by it all, undeterred by the whirring of fans and heaters trying to disperse moisture after rainfall or snow has sprung leaks. Kids raced around excitedly. Other people were off in the distance, quietly praying to their God, seeking serenity and guidance. Tour groups of black garbed figures traipsed around after guides holding aloft those signs that aid the directionless. This is not only the heartbeat of faith for Damascenes and Syrians, but for people from around the Islamic world.

In the first edition of Murray's Handbook to the region, published in 1858, travellers were advised of two hotels now available to them. " The other was the Locanda Malluk. Originally one of the first fine houses in Damascus, it was now refurbished in the best Damascene architectural style. The Melluk family were also among the leading silk merchants in the city. 3 Three days now stretched out ahead before the office opened, and this present hotel in the Melluk tradition had no map. Directions were simple.

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