The Politics of Sacred Space in Downtown Beirut (1853-2008)

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dc.contributor.author VLOEBERGHS, Ward
dc.date.accessioned 2012-12-07T15:05:54Z
dc.date.available 2012-12-07T15:05:54Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.citation Myriam ABABSA, Eric DENIS and Baudoin DUPRET (eds), Popular Housing and Urban Land Tenure in the Middle East: Case studies from Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey, Cairo, American University in Cairo Press, 137-168 en
dc.identifier.isbn 9789774165405
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1814/24694
dc.description This chapter is an enhanced version of a text previously published as Ward VLOEBERGHS, “The Genesis of a Mosque. Negotiating Sacred Space in Downtown Beirut”, EUI Working Paper RSCAS 2008/17, Florence: European University Institute, 2008. en
dc.description.abstract This chapter provides an overview of different stages in the coming about of the Muhammad al-Amin mosque, completed in 2005. By looking into the complex history of the mosque we document how a selection of actors became, willing or not, associated with what is now Lebanon’s largest congregational mosque, funded almost exclusively by former PM Rafiq Hariri. We argue that a number of physical alterations to the edifice are traces of history that illustrate legal as well as political debates surrounding a construction project that bestowed on the Lebanese capital a major landmark after a surprising trajectory that encompasses a century and a half. This contribution attempts to highlight how, by constant actions and reactions, a highly symbolical place of worship emerged into the skyline of a cosmopolitan metropolis in an ongoing, transformative process of acquiring, claiming and appropriating (sacred) land. en
dc.description.sponsorship Product of workshop No. 04 at the 9th MRM 2008.
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title The Politics of Sacred Space in Downtown Beirut (1853-2008) en
dc.type Contribution to book en


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