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Nasser Rabbat

Nasser Rabbat teaches the history of architecture at MIT.

Anatomy of the Syrian Regime

Nasser Rabbat, 13 July 2016

In the summer​ of 1992, I took a ‘luxury cab’ from Damascus to Amman. The cab’s class was important: luxury cabs provided extra services at the border crossing, helping to circumvent the humiliations reserved for Syrian men every time they left the country. When we reached the Syrian border, the driver got out and promised to get my documents stamped in five minutes. He...

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