Lara Deeb (Scripps College), “Leisurely Islam: Negotiating Morality in Shi’i South Beirut”

Posted on March 25th, 2014 in Events

May 8, 12:15 pm, CISAC Conference Room, Encina Hall Central (616 Serra Street)

Spring 2014 Workshop Series: “Shi’a Politics”

Lara Deeb (Scripps College), “Leisurely Islam: Negotiating Morality in Shi’i South Beirut”

Abstract: Lara Deeb will discuss her recent book, co-authored with Mona Harb and titled, Leisurely Islam: Negotiating Geography and Morality in Shi?ite South Beirut. In addition to an overview of the project, she will focus primarily on the ways in which young Shi’i Muslims who take their faith seriously negotiate ideas and practices related to leisure in South Beirut – specifically activities related to cafe-going, like listening to music or consuming alcohol.

Lara Deeb is Associate Professor and Chair of Anthropology at Scripps College. She is the author of An Enchanted Modern: Gender and Public Piety in Shi?i Lebanon (Princeton University Press 2006) and co-author with Mona Harb of Leisurely Islam: Negotiating Geography and Morality in Shi?ite South Beirut (Princeton University Press 2013), as well as articles on Muslim women?s participation in the public sphere, morality and leisure, transnational feminism, and Hizbullah in Lebanon.  Her current book project, with Jessica Winegar, is Anthropology?s Politics: Discipline and Region through the Lens of the Middle East. She is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Middle East Studies, a founding member of the Task Force on Middle East Anthropology, and the current president of the Middle East Section of the American Anthropological Association.

Papers are available to Stanford affiliates upon request.

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