Sect, Difference, and Interreligious Marriage in Lebanon

Mellon Minorities in the Middle East & North Africa Series

Sect, Difference, and Interreligious Marriage in Lebanon

A lecture by Lara Deeb (Scripps College)

Wednesday, April 7, 2021
1:00 PM (Pacific Time)

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In this talk, Deeb shares insights from her research on social responses to interreligious and intersectarian marriage in Lebanon. The talk will unravel sect as form of social difference assumed to be essentially fundamental to Lebanese society by looking at its intersections with other forms of difference, as well as generational change in these ideas. It will also examine the idea of thinking about sect as the form of identity on which the concept of minorities in Lebanon is based.

Lara Deeb is Professor of Anthropology at Scripps College. She is the author of An Enchanted Modern: Gender and Public Piety in Shi‘i Lebanon, co-author of Leisurely Islam: Negotiating Geography and Morality in Shi‘i South Beirut (with Mona Harb), and co-author of Anthropology's Politics: Disciplining the Middle East (with Jessica Winegar). Deeb has published widely on the politics of knowledge production, gender and Islam, piety and morality, Hizbullah’s cultural production, and transnational feminism. Her current book project analyzes social responses to interreligious and intersectarian marriage in Lebanon in order to better understand social sect as a form of social difference.


Sponsor(s): Center for Near Eastern Studies