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The Battle for Home: Memoir of a Syrian Architect
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Marwa al-Sabouni Roger Scruton
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The Battle for Home: Memoir of a Syrian Architect

Marwa al-Sabouni Roger Scruton


Thames & Hudson

Individual architects & architectural firms;
History of architecture;


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Drawing on the author's personal experience of living and working as an architect in Syria, this timely and fascinating account offers an eyewitness perspective on the country's bitter conflict through the lens of architecture, showing how the built environment and its destruction hold up a mirror to the communities that inhabit it.

From Syria's tolerant past, with churches and mosques built alongside one another in Old Homs and members of different religions living harmoniously together, the book chronicles the recent breakdown of social cohesion in Syria's cities. With the lack of shared public spaces intensifying divisions within the community, and corrupt officials interfering in town planning for their own gain, these actions are symptomatic of wider abuses of power.

With firsthand accounts of mortar attacks and stories of refugees struggling to find a home, The Battle for Home is a compelling explanation of the personal impact of the conflict and offers hope for how architecture can play a role in rebuilding a sense of identity within a damaged society.

By:   Marwa al-Sabouni, Roger Scruton
Imprint:   Thames & Hudson
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
Weight:   190g
ISBN:   9780500292938
ISBN 10:   0500292930
Publication Date:   September 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

1. The Battle of Freedom * 2. The Battle of Old Homs * 3. The Battle of Mortar * 4. The Battle of Baba Amr * 5. The Battle of Finding a Home * 6. The Battle of Continuation

'Incisive ... speaks with that particular mix of solicitude and sharp criticism born of true belonging married to broadness of perspective' - Art Review Asia 'A visionary memoir. . . extraordinary' - Observer 'An angry and personal memoir' - Daily Telegraph 'An understated gem of a book . . . gripping' - The Spectator

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