Spring 2014 Series: "Piety and Pleasure: Youth Negotiations of Leisure and Morality in South Beirut"
February 20, 2014 @ 12:00pm
Mason Hall, Edwin Meese Room
George Mason University
Presented by the Arab Studies Insitute (ASI) and the George Mason University Middle East Studies Program and Ali Vural Center for Global Islamic Studies
Lara Deeb, Scripps College
Lara Deeb discussed her recent book, co-authored with Mona Harb and titled, Leisurely Islam: Negotiating Geography and Morality in Shi‘ite South Beirut. She focused primarily on the ways in which young Shi'i Muslims who take their faith seriously negotiate ideas and practices related to leisure in South Beirut - specifically activities related to cafe-going, like listening to music or consuming alcohol.
Lara Deeb is Associate Professor and Chair 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 with Mona Harb of Leisurely Islam: Negotiating Geography and Morality in Shi’ite South Beirut(Princeton University Press, 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, with Jessica Winegar, is Anthropology’s Politics: Discipline and Region through the Lens of the Middle East. She is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Middle East Studies, a founding member of the Task Force on Middle East Anthropology, and the current president of the Middle East Section of the American Anthropological Association.
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