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Preserving the Old City of Damascus
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In Preserving the Old City of Damascus, Totah examines the recent gentrification of the historic urban core of the Syrian capital and the ways in which urban space becomes the site for negotiating new economic and social realities. The book illustrates how long-term inhabitants of the historic quarter, developers, and government officials offer at times competing interpretations of urban space and its use as they vie for control over the representation of the historic neighborhoods. Based on over two years of ethnographic and archival research, this book expands our understanding of neoliberal urbanism in non-western cities.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover, Front Flap
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  1. Frontispiece, Title Page, Copyright Page, In Memoriam
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  1. About the Author
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface: “With You Begins and Ends Creation”
  2. pp. xi-xxxii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xxxiii-xxxvi
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  1. A Note on Transliteration
  2. pp. xxxvii-xxxviii
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  1. Introduction: Gentrification, a “Civilizing” Process
  2. pp. 1-32
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  1. 1. Unlocking the Secret of the Old City
  2. pp. 33-74
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  1. 2. “Villagers Do Not Become Shuwam”
  2. pp. 75-103
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  1. 3. “I Am King in My Home”
  2. pp. 104-144
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  1. 4. “People Living in Houses Ruin Them”
  2. pp. 145-180
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  1. 5. “Khay! Now We Pay to Enter a Bayt ‘Arabi”
  2. pp. 181-214
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  1. 6. “Who Has No Old Has No New”
  2. pp. 215-243
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  1. Epilogue: Whither Syria?
  2. pp. 244-250
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 251-254
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  1. References
  2. pp. 255-272
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 273-284
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  1. Back Flap, Back Cover
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