An Enchanted Modern: Gender and Public Piety in Shi'i Lebanon

An Enchanted Modern: Gender and Public Piety in Shi'i Lebanon

by Lara Deeb
ISBN-10:
0691124213
ISBN-13:
9780691124216
Pub. Date:
02/27/2006
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
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Overview

An Enchanted Modern: Gender and Public Piety in Shi'i Lebanon

Based on two years of ethnographic research in the southern suburbs of Beirut, An Enchanted Modern demonstrates that Islam and modernity are not merely compatible, but actually go hand-in-hand. This eloquent ethnographic portrayal of an Islamic community articulates how an alternative modernity, and specifically an enchanted modernity, may be constructed by Shi'I Muslims who consider themselves simultaneously deeply modern, cosmopolitan, and pious.

In this depiction of a Shi'I Muslim community in Beirut, Deeb examines the ways that individual and collective expressions and understandings of piety have been debated, contested, and reformulated.

Women take center stage in this process, a result of their visibility both within the community, and in relation to Western ideas that link the status of women to modernity. By emphasizing the ways notions of modernity and piety are lived, debated, and shaped by "everyday Islamists," this book underscores the inseparability of piety and politics in the lives of pious Muslims.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691124216
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 02/27/2006
Series: Princeton Studies in Muslim Politics Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 275
Sales rank: 382,994
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Note on Language xi

Part One: Encounters, Approaches, Spaces, Moments

Introduction: Pious and/as/is Modern 3

Chapter One: Al-Dahiyya: Sight, Sound, Season 42

Chapter Two: From Marginalization to Institutionalization 67

Part Two: Living an Enchanted Modern

Chapter Three: The Visibility of Religion in Daily Life 99

Chapter Four: Ashura: Authentication and Sacrifice 129

Chapter Five: Community Commitment 165

Chapter Six: Public Piety as Women's Jihad 204

Chapter Seven: The Pious Modern Ideal and Its Gaps 220

Glossary 233

References 235

Index 251

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