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Lara Deeb and Mona Harb
New Texts Out Now: Lara Deeb and Mona Harb, Leisurely Islam: Negotiating Geography and Morality in Shi‘ite South Beirut
Lara Deeb and Mona Harb, Leisurely Islam: Negotiating Geography and Morality in Shi‘ite South Beirut. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Lara Deeb (LD) and Mona Harb (MH): Leisurely Islam began as a series of conversations about how Dahiya—the area situated to the south of municipal Beirut, where we had each conducted our previous research—and the Shi‘i Islamic milieu centered there were changing in the ...Keep Reading »
Lara Deeb is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Scripps College. She is the author of An Enchanted Modern: Gender and Public Piety in Shi‘i Lebanon (2006) and coauthor with Mona Harb of Leisurely Islam: Negotiating Geography and Morality in Shi‘ite South Beirut (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 is “Anthropology’s Politics: Discipline and Region through the Lens of the Middle East,” coauthored with Jessica Winegar. She is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Middle East Studies and the president of the Middle East Section of the American Anthropological Association.
Mona Harb is Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Politics at the American University of Beirut. She is the co-author of Leisurely Islam: Negotiating Geography and Morality in Shi’ite South Beirut (with Lara Deeb, Princeton University Press, 2013), and author of Le Hezbollah à Beyrouth (1985-2005): de la banlieue à la ville (Karthala-IFPO, 2010). She is currently investigating decentralization, local governments and urban development policies in the Arab world, as well as public space practices and urban politics in Beirut. Mona is a co-editor of Jadaliyya's Cities Page.
"The women express a desire to participate in warfare, and are frustrated when they are forced to remain in the safe houses with the children while the men conduct battle. In 1948, they gain the “right” to guard the kibbutz with hunting rifles. The film concludes with photographs of these women wielding their guns, implying that they gave up their own liberation for the sake of the national struggle and the settler colonial project."click | email | tweet