Diana Darke is a Middle East cultural expert and Arabic speaker. She has written 16 travel books on the Near and Middle East, acquiring a rich appreciation of the region, its people, their culture and preoccupations during the 30 years she has lived and worked there. In 2015, she authored the book My House in Damascus: An Inside View of the Syrian Revolution. Darke was forced to leave Damascus when the revolution began, but she has returned five times since.
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