Steel and Silk

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Cune Press, LLC, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 623 pages
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Consists of profiles of 341 men and women. Syria has led the Arab World in many ways for the past 100 years. It was the headquarters of the Arab nationalist movement in the 1910s and leader of women's emancipation in the 1920s. It was among the first Arab countries to achieve independence from colonial rule in 1946, and among the region's earliest and healthiest democracies in the 1950s. From this point on, Syria produced an array of leading poets, writers, and painters. In the 1970s, Syria was the first Arab country to appoint women as judges, parliamentary deputies, ministers, and ambassadors. Meet the nationalists who led the independence struggle in Syria. Meet the politicians who manuvered its politics into becoming a central power-broker in the Middle East. Meet the poets, the painters and thinkers as well as the diplomats, journalists, and civil servants. Meet the women and men who shaped 20th century Syria. Includes a workshop for journalists and researchers that includes an annotated timeline of 20th Century Syria, facts on Syria, and brief bios of the current leadership.

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Sami Moubayed is a Syrian political analyst. He is one of the most prominent experts on pre-1963 Syria. Moubayed is based in Damascus. His book Steel & Silk includes profiles of men and women who have been important in the development of the Syrian nation. Moubayed's two previous books are titled: "The Politics of Damascus 1920-1946" and "Damascus Between Democracy and Dictatorship." Moubayed comes from an old Damascus merchant family and continues to work in the family business. He is one of the founders of the Syrian Young Entrepreneurs Association (SYEA). Moubayed was born in London, raised in Syria, and completed his education at the American University of Beirut (AUB) and the University of Exeter. He is literate in Arabic and English, and does all of his writing in English.

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