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Syria, A Historical and Architectural Guide

Syria, A Historical and Architectural Guide

by Warwick Ball

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 254 PAGES

With site plans, maps and a section of color photographs, Ball's compact handbook covers Syria's wealth of archaeological sites in authoritative detail. (SYR06, $19.95)

The Bread of Angels

The Bread of Angels

by Stephanie Saldana

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Ostensibly in Syria on a Fulbright, the 26-year-old Stephanie Saldana seeks solace at a desert monastery, reads the Qur'an with a prominent woman scholar (a chic Sheikha), teaches at a madras -- and falls in love. Full of memorable characters, this illuminating memoir is also a delightful portrait of life in the old Christian district in Damascus. (SYR20, $15.00)

Bradt Guide Syria

Bradt Guide Syria

by Diana Darke

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

This newly revised guide covers Syria's many cultural and historical sites as well as practical details. (SYR17, $25.99)

Syria Map

Syria Map

by Freytag & Berndt

  • 2010
  • MAP

A full-color road map at a scale of 1:700,000 with an inset of Aleppo and Damascus. (SYR26, $14.95)

 
Culture Smart! Syria

Culture Smart! Syria


by Sarah Standish

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A pocket guide to local customs, etiquette and culture with a short overview of the land and people. (SYR23, $9.95)

National Geographic Atlas of the Middle East

National Geographic Atlas of the Middle East


by National Geographic Maps

  • REFERENCE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

These maps graphically illustrate the history, politics, people and resources of the Middle East. With 40 photographs and 80 maps, including a two-page spread on each of the 16 nations. (MDE71, $21.95)

Olive Odyssey, Searching for the Secrets of the Fruit That Seduced the World

Olive Odyssey, Searching for the Secrets of the Fruit That Seduced the World


by Julie Angus

  • FOOD
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 344 PAGES

In her humorous, honest narrative, Julie Angus explores the history of the olive, its oil and the important place it has in the culture of the Mediterranean. (SYR33, $25.95)

Soup for Syria, Building Peace Through Food

Soup for Syria, Building Peace Through Food


by Barbara Abdeni Massaad

  • FOOD
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 208 PAGES
  • COMING IN MARCH

In a global effort to help alleviate the suffering of Syrian refugees, acclaimed chefs -- from Anthony Bourdain to Yotam Ottolenghi -- have compiled their favorite soup recipes into a new cookbook. All profits from the sales will be donated to the UN refugee agency UNHCR to help fund food relief efforts. (CUL14, $30.00)

A History of the Arab Peoples

A History of the Arab Peoples


by Albert Hourani

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 624 PAGES

Called a landmark, masterpiece and essential to understanding the Middle East, Hourani's acclaimed chronicle of the political, spiritual, religious and cultural traditions of the Arab peoples is brought up to date with an afterword by noted Islamic scholar Malise Ruthven. (MDE11, $22.00)

Damascus, Taste of a City

Damascus, Taste of a City


by Marie Fadel | Rafik Schami

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

With the exiled novelist in Germany and his sister at home in Damascus, the two collaborated, largely by telephone, to create this evocative ode to the city, its flavors, wit and wisdom around a cultural-culinary walking tour. With many recipes, history, gossip and lore. (SYR13, $11.95)

Dreams and Shadows, The Future of the Middle East

Dreams and Shadows, The Future of the Middle East


by Robin B. Wright

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

Wright reports on the ideas, movements and obstacles to change in this incisive portrait. With chapters on the Palestinians, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iran, Iraq and Morocco. (MDE150, $18.00)

From the Holy Mountain, A Journey Among the Christians of the Middle East

From the Holy Mountain, A Journey Among the Christians of the Middle East


by William Dalrymple

  • RELIGION
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 496 PAGES

In this beautifully written hymn to Eastern Christianity, Dalrymple follows the journeys of ancient monks and scholars through Istanbul, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Egypt. (MDE49, $23.00)

Greater Syria, The History of an Ambition

Greater Syria, The History of an Ambition


by Daniel Pipes

  • HISTORY
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

A scholarly, modern history of Syria and Pan-Syrianism, from before World War I through the 1980s. (SYR09, $73.00)

Islam, The Straight Path

Islam, The Straight Path


by John L. Esposito

  • RELIGION
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

A well-written survey of the faith, practice and beliefs of Islam. Its balanced tone and content are intended for an undergraduate audience, yet it also functions as an excellent overview for the general reader. (MDE22, $59.95)

Syria, A History of the Last Hundred Years

Syria, A History of the Last Hundred Years


by John Mchugo

  • HISTORY
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES

This richly layered analysis of Syria's history connects World War I to the present. To shed some light on Syria's recent collapse into civil war, McHugo provides a cogent backstory on the fragile state. (SYR35, $26.95)

The Desert and the Sown

The Desert and the Sown


by Gertrude Bell | Rosemary O'Brien

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

A fierce explorer and archaeologist, lyrical writer and cunning politician, Gertrude Bell (1868-1926) spent much of her life traveling throughout present-day Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan & Israel. The title of this classic account is taken from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. (MDE59, $12.95)

Desert Queen, The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell

Desert Queen, The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell


by Janet Wallach

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 419 PAGES

A lively biography of Gertrude Bell, a Middle East adventuress, and formidable personality in colonial Britain. (MDE37, $17.00)

Empress Zenobia, Palmyra's Rebel Queen

Empress Zenobia, Palmyra's Rebel Queen


by Pat Southern

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 216 PAGES

The subject of fantasy and fiction, Pat Southern's lively portrait of Empress Zenobia, the celebrated 3rd-century Queen of Palmyra (present-day Syria) hews carefully to what is known of her life and times. (SYR19, $40.00)

My House in Damascus, An Inside View of the Syrian Revolution

My House in Damascus, An Inside View of the Syrian Revolution


by Diana Darke

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

In her personal, enlightening memoir, Diana Darke rebuilds a beautiful Damascene house against the backdrop of the Arab Spring's Syrian Revolution. (SYR34, $24.95)

The Other Side of the Mirror, An American's Travels Through Syria

The Other Side of the Mirror, An American's Travels Through Syria


by Brooke Allen

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 250 PAGES

In this personal book, Allen shows a welcoming and courteous country with stunning ancient cities, Crusader castles and Bronze Age ruins. (SYR25, $18.95)

Damascus Nights

Damascus Nights


by Philip Boehm | Rafik Schami

  • LITERATURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 268 PAGES

Set in Damascus in 1959 and told as a collection of seven tales, this novel recalls the glories of Syria as they fade in the face of modernism. (SYR31, $15.00)

Mrs. Pollifax Unveiled

Mrs. Pollifax Unveiled


by Dorothy Gilman

  • MYSTERY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

A young American woman disappears in Damascus, so the CIA puts feisty grandmother Mrs. Pollifax on the case in this entertaining mystery. (MDE152, $7.99)

Syria, Through Writers' Eyes

Syria, Through Writers' Eyes


by Marius Kociejowski

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 306 PAGES

William Dalrymple, Barnaby Rogerson, Colin Thurbron and Gertrude Bell are all included in this absorbing collection which captures the history, people, ruins and deserts of Syria. (SYR27, $34.95)

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