The Battle for Home

The Memoir of a Syrian Architect



ISBN: 9780500343173 Category:

Marwa Al-Sabouni


What caused the war in Syria? How did a once beautiful country turn from its tolerant past, with churches and mosques built side by side, to its current state of violence and displacement?

This is the eyewitness account of Marwa al-Sabouni, a young architect based in war-torn Homs. Revealing the country’s bitter conflict through the lens of architecture and writing 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.

This compelling and timely book reveals uncomfortable truths and asks important questions. Ultimately, the author offers hope, as she provides insights into ways of rebuilding a proud country and a much-needed sense of identity.

Additional information

Weight 449 g
Dimensions 16.2 x 24.2 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 May 2016
Number of pages 184
Format Hardback
Dimensions 16.2 x 24.2 cm
Weight 449 g


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Marwa al-Sabouni has a PhD in Islamic Architecture and runs a private architectural studio in Homs, Syria. She is co-owner of the first and only online media site dedicated to architectural news in Arabic: