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Leisurely IslamNegotiating Geography and Morality in Shi'ite South Beirut$
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Lara Deeb and Mona Harb

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691153650

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691153650.001.0001

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Good Taste, Leisure’s Moral Spaces, and Sociopolitical Change in Lebanon

Good Taste, Leisure’s Moral Spaces, and Sociopolitical Change in Lebanon

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(p.208) 6 Good Taste, Leisure’s Moral Spaces, and Sociopolitical Change in Lebanon
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Leisurely Islam
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Lara Deeb

Mona Harb

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691153650.003.0007

The preceding chapters showed how ideas about morality, space, and place come together to create specific forms of leisure for more or less pious Shi'i Muslim residents of south Beirut. Choices about leisure activities and places are informed by different moral rubrics, as people negotiate social norms, religious tenets, and political loyalties. Pastimes and their settings are assessed according to ideas about where they are located and how their patrons behave—ideas built on assumptions about the relationship between morality and geography in the city. Yet how and where a person hangs out is also an expression of personal taste. This chapter brings taste into the picture and discusses how Dahiya's new leisure sites and practices are valued along with how judgments about class, morality, geography, and politics work together to produce ideas about taste and social hierarchy. It concludes by thinking through the question of whether changing leisure practices and spaces can lead to broader social, political, and urban change.

Keywords:   Dahiya, south Beirut, Lebanon, morality, leisure practices, Shi'i Muslim, personal taste, leisure spaces

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