Lara Deeb: Negotiating Morality and Geography in Shi’ite South Beirut

CLAREMONT, California - October 15, 2013

Lara Deeb, Associate Professor and Chair of Anthropology at Scripps College, presents “Leisurely Islam: Negotiating Morality and Geography in Shi’ite South Beirut.”

Lara Deeb discusses part of her new book (co-authored with Mona Harb) titled Leisurely Islam: Negotiating Geography and Morality in Shi’ite South Beirut. New cafes in the predominantly Shi’ite Muslim southern suburb of Beirut as well as a new focus on leisure in the community are promoting the flexibility of moral norms and new tensions between norms understood with a “religious” register and those understood within a “social” one. In this talk, she discusses some of the factors contributing to this complex moral landscape as well as some of the ways in which young people understand and navigate it.


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