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Lara Deeb


“Til Sect Do You Part?” On Sectarianism and Intermarriage in Lebanon

In August 2017, a Christian man and a Muslim woman (Boutros and Marwa) made headlines when they married in Lebanon. Why? One might assume that the interreligious nature of the couple prompted this media attention. However, that was far from the case. In my current research on Lebanese social responses to interreligious and intersectarian marriages/long-term relationships, I have had no difficulty locating people to interview. Mixed couples are more common than people often ...

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On Representational Paralysis, Or, Why I Don't Want to Write About Temporary Marriage

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For the past few years, I have been working with a colleague on a collaborative project about leisure in the southern suburb of Beirut. Along the way, there was a moment when we thought that new ideas about temporary marriage among Shi‘i Muslim youth would be a significant part of it. We eventually abandoned that possibility, for reasons that included changes in our primary interests and the difficulties of interviewing young people about what remains for the most part ...

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Lara Deeb


Lara Deeb is Professor 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 of Leisurely Islam: Negotiating Geography and Morality in Shi'ite South Beirut (with Mona Harb, Princeton University Press, 2013) and Anthropology's Politics: Disciplining the Middle East (with Jessica Winegar, Stanford University Press, 2015)She currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Middle East Women's Studies and Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Her current project is about social responses to intersectarian marriages and relationships, mostly in Lebanon.