Burning Country UK Events

Yassin T03090Thanks to assistance and inspiration from Syrian activists, fighters, journalists, doctors, artists, and thinkers, our book ‘Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War‘ is published on January 20th, and launched that evening at Amnesty International in London. In the following days and weeks I’ll be speaking about the book at other venues in London, and in Nottingham, Manchester, Lancaster, Glasgow and  Edinburgh. A list of events below (and we’ll be in the US in April).

First, please read the endorsements, of which we’re very proud:

For decades Syrians have been forbidden from telling their own stories and the story of their country, but here Robin Yassin-Kassab and Leila al-Shami tell the Syrian story. Their words represent the devastated country which has denied them and their compatriots political representation. Burning Country is an indispensable book for those who wish to know the truth about Syria.’ – Yassin al-Haj Saleh

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, co-author of ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror (New York Times bestseller), Associate Fellow, Chatham House, London

By far the best account of the Syrian uprising yet. It is a comprehensive and nuanced analysis of a multifaceted geopolitical conflict and myriad grassroots struggles. Anyone interested in comprehending the highly convoluted situation in Syria must read this extremely sophisticated book.’ – Dr. Yasser Munif, professor of sociology at Emerson College, co-founder of the Global Campaign of Solidarity with the Syrian Revolution

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 in Contemporary Islam, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Edinburgh, and Director of the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World

Now the events:

18.30 Wednesday 20th January: Amnesty International, London (in conversation with Amnesty’s Kristyan Benedict)

19.00 Thursday 21st January: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham

18.30 Friday 22nd January: Rethink, Rebuild Society, Manchester (in conversation with Mustafa Alachkar)

14.00 Saturday 23rd January: the Idea Store, London (in conversation with Patrick Kingsley, with a focus on migration)

19.00 Wednesday 27th January: Mosaic Rooms, London (in conversation with Malu Halasa)

13.00 Thursday 28th January: Chatham House, London

19.00 Thursday 28th January: SOAS, London

18.30 Thursday 4th February: Word Power Books, Edinburgh (in conversation with Sam Charles Hamad)

15.30 Saturday 6th February: Festival of Questions, Lancaster (with Malu Halasa and Simon Mabon)

Tuesday 16th February: Waterstones, Byres Road, Glasgow (in conversation with Peter Geoghegan)

27th or 28th February: Bare Lit Festival, London

1st March: Waterstones Picadilly, London

(I’ll update as more information comes in).

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