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Leisurely Islam: Negotiating Geography and Morality in Shi'ite South Beirut

Lara Deeb and Mona Harb


South Beirut has recently become a vibrant leisure destination with a plethora of cafés and restaurants that cater to the young, fashionable, and pious. What effects have these establishments had on the moral norms, spatial practices, and urban experiences of this Lebanese community? From the diverse voices of young Shi'i Muslims searching for places to hang out, to the Hezbollah officials who want this media-savvy generation to be more politically involved, to the religious leaders worried that Lebanese youth are losing their moral compasses, this book provides a sophisticated and original lo ... More

Keywords: South Beirut, Lebanese community, Shi'i Muslims, Hezbollah, café, morality, Lebanon, restaurant, class mobility, sectarianism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780691153650
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691153650.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lara Deeb, author
Scripps College

Mona Harb, author
American University of Beirut