Bombs, dilapidated buildings, casualties of all ages, millions of displaced Syrians. This is what you see in the news about Aleppo. Do you wonder how it really was before the war?
Philip Mansel, prominent historian and author of Aleppo: The Rise and Fall of Syria’s Great Merchant City – the first history of Aleppo in English – will take us on a thought-provoking journey through the peaceful and prosperous history of the city that now lies in ruin.
Aleppo was once a vibrant world city where Muslims, Christians and Jews lived and traded together in peace. As one of the oldest, continuously inhabited cities in the world, it was successively ruled by the Assyrian, Persian, Greek, Roman, Arab, Ottoman and French empires. Under the Ottomans, it became the empire’s third largest city, after Constantinople and Cairo. It owed its wealth to its position at the end of the Silk Road, at a crossroads of world trade, where merchants from Venice, Isfahan and Agra gathered in the largest suq in the Middle East. Today Aleppines are spread all across the globe.
This event will be moderated by Literature Programme Manager Hande Eagle.
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