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A New Old Damascus: Authenticity and Distinction in Urban Syria (Indiana Series in Middle East Studies)
A New Old Damascus: Authenticity and Distinction in Urban Syria (Indiana Series in Middle East Studies) Christa Salamandra 0253217229 9780253217226 In contemporary urban Syria, debates about the representation, preservation, and restoration of the Ol
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A New Old Damascus: Authenticity and Distinction in Urban Syria (Indiana Series in Middle East Studies) by Christa Salamandra

In contemporary urban Syria, debates about the representation, preservation, and restoration of the Old City of Damascus have become part of status competition and identity construction among the citys elite. In theme restaurants and nightclubs that play on images of Syrian tradition, in television programs, nostalgic literature, and visual art, and in the rhetoric of historic preservation groups, the idea of the Old City has become a commodity for the consumption of tourists and, most important, of new and old segments of the Syrian upper class. In this lively ethnographic study, Christa Salamandra argues that in deploying and debating such representations, Syrians dispute the past and criticize the present.

Author: Christa Salamandra

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Publisher: Indiana University Press

Publication Date: 2004-12-10

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