The threat to ruin Damascus

A new edition of Islamica Magazine is on the shelves in London now (try Borders) and there’s a disturbing article about a plan to demolish large areas of the old city of Damascus involving a company with links to the Asad régime; the mayor calls the buildings “garbage”. They include the second-oldest mosque in Damascus, Jami’ al-Tawba, and a number of ancient residential districts are under threat also. Among the schemes is to clear residential properties in order to expand a mosque of particular interest to Shi’ites, who come in large numbers on pilgrimage from Iran, and to build a car park and a big road to it from the airport.

Old Damascus: A Plan to Destroy Paradise by Rana Kabbani

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