ARCHITECTURE | MEMOIR
A gripping account of living and working in a ravaged Syria, and the role architecture plays in whether a community crumbles or comes together. Marwa al-Sabouni has a PhD in Islamic Architecture and runs a private architectural studio in Homs, Syria. She started the first and only website dedicated to architectural news in Arabic, Arch-news.net. Roger Scruton is a writer and philosopher specializing in aesthetics, with a particular interest in the Levant and architecture. His books include The Dictionary of Political Thought, A Land Held Hostage: Lebanon and the West and The Aesthetics of Architecture.
32 illustrations 23.4 x 15.6cm 184pp ISBN 978 0 500 343173 April £18.95
‘The moving record of one person’s effort to stay loyal to her homeland, at a time of great suffering and personal distress. It tells a painful and tragic story. But it is also the expression of a beautiful soul, who comes to us out of a confused and dreadful battle with a message of hope’ Roger Scruton
The Battle for Home Memoir of a Syrian Architect Marwa al-Sabouni | Foreword by Roger Scruton ’Everyone in Syria has lived this war. Every day people have fought for their lives, every day has brought a bid for survival, but it is not only bodies that suffer; souls, too, go through these battles, dying a thousand times in anticipation, only to rise up wearily to face another day.’ So begins the eyewitness account of Marwa al-Sabouni, a young architect based in war-torn Homs, on the country’s bitter conflict. Seen through the revealing lens of architecture and depicted with clarity, conviction and deep intelligence, she shares her personal experience of how the built environment directly affects the community that inhabits it, how the stage for civil war has long been set in her country, and how architecture might play a role in reversing the damage. The Battle for Home reveals uncomfortable truths and asks important questions, but ultimately offers hope, for rebuilding both a proud country and a much-needed sense of identity.