Collection: Syrian Histories –
Syrian Histories

Collection: Syrian Histories

Syrian Histories is a collection of recorded interviews that address the culture and society of Syria in the decades preceding 2011. Over 120 interviews have been conducted and documented to date, with another 70 planned over the coming year.

Collectively, the interviews present a cultural and social narrative of Syria, and offer Syrians the opportunity to contribute to the understanding of their own history.

The interviewees are as diverse as the topics they discuss. Among the women and men, youth and elderly interviewed are professors and illiterates, industrialists and bedouins, single mothers and polygamists, worshippers and atheists, Kurds, Assyrians, Ismailis and Sunnis, to name but a few.

You can watch, listen to and read summaries of the interviews at



Sharq is a non-profit organisation registered in the UK and Lebanon and working across the Arab World to promote and strengthen pluralism and independent thought through interventions in media development and production, oral history, community building and cultural practice.