Qunfuz is the Arabic word for ‘hedgehog’ or ‘porcupine’.
I am Robin Yassin-Kassab, born in west London in 1969. Except for six months in Beirut, I grew up in England and Scotland. I have lived and worked in London, France, Pakistan, Turkey, Syria, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Oman. Now I live in Scotland.
I am the author of The Road From Damascus, a novel published by Hamish Hamilton and Penguin, and by il Saggiatore in Italy. I’m working on a second novel.
My journalism on Syria has appeared at the Guardian, the National, al-Jazeera, Foreign Policy and elsewhere, and I’ve appeared on radio and television including the BBC, Channel 4 and al-Jazeera. I’m currently working on a non-fiction book on the Syrian revolution and counter-revolutions, with Leila al-Shami, for Pluto press.
I’m also a co-editor and regular contributor to PULSE, recently listed by Le Monde Diplomatique as one of its five favourite websites.