Arab Studies Institute
Washington DC - Beirut
Spring 2014 Series: "Piety and Pleasure: Youth Negotiations of Leisure and Morality in South Beirut"
By Lara Deeb
02/20/2014 07:00 am
Location: Mason Hall, Edwin Meese Room
The Arab Studies Insitute (ASI) and the George Mason University Middle East Studies Program and Ali Vural Center for Global Islamic Studies present the Spring 2014 Series, "Piety and Pleasure: Youth Negotiations of Leisure and Morality in South Beirut" by guest speaker, Lara Deeb. This event will be held at Mason Hall, Edwin Meese Room at George Mason University on Thursday February 20, 2014 at 12 noon.
Lara Deeb will discuss her recent book, co-authored with Mona Harb and titled, Leisurely Islam: Negotiating Geography and Morality in Shi‘ite South Beirut. She will focus 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.