Third on the list of endangered products is the Damascene
Brocade, or natural silk textiles.
Wood inlaying craft is a very ancient anddistinguished Damascene
handmade craft, where itbrought together the art and profession, aspecialist in wood inlaying, Arafat Utta Bashitold SANA.
DAMASCUS: During a recent meeting of Damascene
merchants, talk turned to the case of a colleague detained by Syria's powerful and dreaded state security apparatus.
now sarcastically call it the Triangle of Security, lampooning its fast-shrinking area.
In this author's study of consumer culture in mid-eighteenth-century Damascus, his use of unpublished manuscripts authored by the renowned Damascene
intellectual 'ABd al-Ghani al-Nabulsi (thus in the volume) (consulted by Grehan in the Suleymaniye Library, Istanbul), which are contemporaneous with the inventories studied for this book, along with chronicles penned by the eighteenth-century Damascene
Ahmad al-Budayri and earlier ones in Damascus such as the work by Ibn Kan'an, supplement and contextualize Grehan's information obtained from the probate inventories.
Yet as far as most Damascenes
were concerned--the coffee houses, notwithstanding--the "inherent fragility of economic life," continued to dictate frugality as well as anxiety.
Customers streamed in non-stop to bathe and relax, playing cards, munching on Damascene
sweets, singing, and hanging out with friends.
"The rebels need to show some regard for our lives," cried one Damascene
who supports the rebels.
(39) So the practice of good manners--or among less educated Damascenes
, of simple self-restraint in word and deed--was not merely an idle preference; it brought tangible benefits to the social order that everyone recognized.
Yasser's clientele has dwindled in number, part of the mass exodus of thousands of Damascenes
who fled abroad.
Clashes with rebels have subsided, and although gunfire and shelling could be heard sporadically in the distance, Damascenes
no longer wake up to the sounds of a war zone.
The first major problem, typical of many works that deal with historical representations, is that Berger never quite decides whether it is the themes touched upon in his sources or the ways in which these are understood and treated by the Damascene
biographers, that is his real object of inquiry.