Book on Syria’s Food Culture Seeks to Revive Country’s Human Face

Al Naeem Square in Raqqa was bustling with life before Islamic State took over the city and declared it its de facto capital in 2014. During the group’s reign of terror, Al Naeem — or “Paradise Square” — became a stage for a murderous campaign of beheadings, gruesome public executions, and the burning of books and cigarettes.

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