Syria

Overview

This second edition of Bradt?s Syria is the clear market frontrunner, offering more detailed first-hand information on sites, cultural, historical and social background, accommodation and restaurants than any other guidebook. In addition to the country?s impressive historical sites, such as the Roman caravan city of Palmyra and the Crusader castle of Crac des Chevaliers, it incorporates walking and trekking areas, wildlife and other environmental issues, while amusing snippets from literature, local anecdotes and...

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Overview

This second edition of Bradt’s Syria is the clear market frontrunner, offering more detailed first-hand information on sites, cultural, historical and social background, accommodation and restaurants than any other guidebook. In addition to the country’s impressive historical sites, such as the Roman caravan city of Palmyra and the Crusader castle of Crac des Chevaliers, it incorporates walking and trekking areas, wildlife and other environmental issues, while amusing snippets from literature, local anecdotes and sayings help to stimulate a genuine interest and understanding of Syria’s people and the land in which they live.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841623146
  • Publisher: Bradt Publications UK
  • Publication date: 6/15/2010
  • Edition description: Second
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,455,655
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Diana Darke is a fluent Arabic speaker and has specialized in the Middle East for over 25 years. The owner of an old courtyard house within the walls of Old Damascus, she is well known as a Syria expert.

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‘Many Westerners are surprised to discover that not all Arabs are Muslims. Syria’s population is 10% Christian, rising to 20% in Damascus, and there is no apparent discrimination against them throughout society. The Syrian constitution even stipulates that three government ministers must be Christian and there are Christians at all levels of government.’

‘Fight for honour, for dishonour is easily won.’

‘If God did not forgive, Paradise would be empty.’

 

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Table of Contents

PART ONE GENERAL INFORMATION

Chapter 1 Background Information:?History, Government and politics, Judicial system, Economy, Geography and climate, Natural history and conservation, People, Arabic, language and transliteration, Education, Religion, Arabic culture and literature

Chapter 2 Practical Information:?When to visit, Highlights, Suggested itineraries, Tour operators, Tourist information, Red tape, Foreign missions and associations in Damascus, Getting there and away, Health, Safety, Facilities for specific travellers, What to take, Weights and measures, Time, Money and banking, Getting around, Accommodation, Eating and drinking, Public Holidays and Festivals, Shopping and bargaining, Arts and entertainment, Media and communications, Business, Buying a property, Cultural etiquette, Giving something back

PART TWO THE GUIDE

Chapter 3 Damascus

Chapter 4 Christian villages of the Qalamoun Mountains

Chapter 5 Homs, Hama and the Southern Cities of the Dead

Chapter 6 Aleppo

Chapter 7 Aleppo to the Coast

Chapter 8 The Syrian Coast

Chapter 9 The Hawran and the Jebel Druze

Chapter 10 Palmyra and the Desert

Chapter 11 The Euphrates and the Desert

Appendix 1 Language

Appendix 2 Glossary

Appendix 3 Further Information

Index

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