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. Co-written with Leila al-Shami, our non-fiction book Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War is published by Pluto Press and distributed in the US by Chicago University Press.
My journalism on Syria, and book reviews, have appeared at the Guardian, the National, Foreign Policy, the Daily Beast, Newsweek, al-Jazeera, and elsewhere, and I’ve spoken on radio and television including the BBC, Channel 4 and al-Jazeera.
I’m a co-editor and regular contributor to PULSE, recently listed by Le Monde Diplomatique as one of its five favourite websites.