At Columbia University in New York City, a book talk and Q&A with Syrian-British journalists Robin Yassin-Kassab and Leila Al-Shami about their new book Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War.
This event is co-sponsored by the Dart Center, The Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia's Middle East Institute and the Columbia branch of Students Organizing for Syria.
Recent endorsements for Burning Country:
Burning Country could have been titled A People's History of the Syrian Revolution and War: it provides a view from below that constitutes the perfect antidote to geopolitical reductionism. This book is unique in its combination of first-hand material derived from fieldwork, factual and analytical rigour, and unshakable faith in the Syrian people's struggle for justice and dignity.
—Thomas Pierret, Lecturer, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Edinburgh, Director, Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World
Burning Country is poised to become the definitive book not only on the continuing Syrian conflict but on the country and its society as a whole. Very few books have been written on ‘the kingdom of silence’ that effectively capture how we all got here while not omitting the human voice, the country's heroes and heroines -- a combination that is rare but essential for understanding the conflict and its complexities. Robin Yassin-Kassab and Leila Al-Shami have written a must-read book even as the conflict still rages to understand what happened, why it happened and how it should end.
—Hassan Hassan, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House