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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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Flexible Morality, Respectful Choices, Smaller Transgressions

Flexible Morality, Respectful Choices, Smaller Transgressions

(p.135) 4 Flexible Morality, Respectful Choices, Smaller Transgressions
Leisurely Islam

Lara Deeb

Mona Harb

Princeton University Press

Cafés are places where people are essentially forced to take a stance on the morality of specific activities, not only by choosing whether to partake, but also by passively accepting others' participation in their presence. Because many of the moral “rules” about the sorts of things one can do in a café—like listen to music or smoke argileh—are not clear-cut, cafés require people to navigate complex moral terrain in order to have fun while feeling good about themselves. This chapter takes up a number of these debatable activities in order to show how more or less pious Shi'i Muslims, especially youths, employ moral flexibility in their discourses and practices of leisure. In some cases, people negotiate among different rubrics of morality, while in others they choose to ignore particular tenets or disagree about the accuracy of a rule in the first place.

Keywords:   café, morality, Shi'i Muslims, leisure activities, moral flexibility

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