An event with

Eugene Rogan in conversation with Jeremy Bowen

The Damascus Events

Monday 22nd July 2024 at 7:00pm

Daunt Books Marylebone

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We are thrilled to welcome renowned writers Eugene Rogan and Jeremy Bowen back to Daunt Books for a fascinating discussion of Rogan’s latest book, The Damascus Events: the 1860 Massacre and the Destruction of the Old Ottoman World.

Eugene Rogan brilliantly recreates the lost world of the Middle East under Ottoman rule at a formative juncture that was to reshape the future of the region to the present day. Rogan has been mulling over the pivotal importance of the 1860 massacre of Christians in Damascus all his professional life. Drawing on hitherto unseen eye-witness accounts, this new book offers the first full account from both Christian and Muslim perspectives of why they happened, how the Ottoman authorities managed to bring the city back from the brink, and how they would shape the future of the region to the present day.

‘Filled with new revelations, this book offers a superb account of the 1860 Damascus massacres—much neglected nowadays but central to the creation of the modern Middle East.’ Simon Sebag Montefiore

Eugene Rogan is the author of the bestselling The Arabs: A History and The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East, 1914-1920. He is professor of modern Middle Eastern history at the University of Oxford and Director of the Middle East Centre, St Antony’s College, Oxford.

Jeremy Bowen was the BBC’s Middle East correspondent between 1995 and 2000 and the BBC Middle East editor from 2005 to 2022, before being appointed the International Editor of BBC News in August 2022. He is the author of The Making of the Modern Middle East, The Arab Uprisings and Six Days.

Ticket price includes a glass of wine or a soft drink.

Event Details

Monday 22nd July 2024 Event starts at 7:00pm

Venue address:

Daunt Books Marylebone
83-84 Marylebone High Street,
London W1U 4QW

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