Book Launch & Author Talk: Lara Deeb and Mona Harb, "Leisurely Islam: Negotiating Geography and Morality in Shi’ite South Beirut"


Thursday, April 10, 2014, 12:00pm to 2:00pm


CMES, 38 Kirkland Street, Room 102, Cambridge, MA 02138

Leisurely IslamThe Center for Middle Eastern Studies Outreach Program is pleased to present an author talk by

Lara Deeb
Associate Professor of Anthropology, Scripps College


Mona Harb
Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Politics, American University of Beirut

Moderated by Susan Kahn, Associate Director and Director of the AM Program, CMES; Lecturer on Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, Harvard University

About the event:

  • A limited number of free copies of Leisurely Islam will be available on a first come, first served basis to Harvard students attending this talk (please have your Harvard ID available).
  • This is a brown bag (bring-your-own) lunch event. Cookies and beverages provided.

About Leisurely Islam: Negotiating Geography and Morality in Shi’ite South Beirut:
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, Leisurely Islam provides a sophisticated and original look at leisure in the Lebanese capital.

Contact: Sarah Meyrick

As a Title VI National Resource Center, CMES is partially funding this program with U.S. Department of Education grant funds. The content of this program does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Education.