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Maria Bashshur Abunnasr

Ras Beirut, Bliss Street, and “Abu Muhammad”

[Abu-Muhammad, 4 June 2014, AUB. Photograph courtesy of Cynthia Myntti]

Hamra Street is possibly Ras Beirut’s most renowned street, its name so often interchanged with Ras Beirut to designate the neighborhood. However, a few blocks north, Bliss Street rivals Hamra as the defining east-west axis of Ras Beirut’s urban grid. Bliss Street perhaps best embodies the characteristics of Ras Beirut’s association with an educated multi-confessional middle class, while its name signifies its historic tie to the American University of Beirut (AUB). After ...

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Maria Bashshur Abunnasr

Maria Bashshur Abunnasr, PhD. is an oral historian/historian, and currently a research associate with the Neighborhood Initiative of the American University of Beirut. She is presently working on the writing of An Oral History of Ras Beirut due for publication in 2016.