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Lara Deeb


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 Associate 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 articles on Muslim women’s participation in the public sphere, the transformation of religious ritual, and Hizbullah in Lebanon. She is currently co-writing a book with Mona Harb, tentatively titled “Leisurely Islam: Negotiating Spatiality and Morality in Shi’ite South Beirut.” She is a member of the editorial committee for Middle East Report and the editorial board for the International Journal of Middle East Studies, and Co-Editor for Book Reviews for American Ethnologist.