Popular Housing and Urban Land Tenure in the Middle East: Case Studies from Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey
Title: Popular Housing and Urban Land Tenure in the Middle East: Case Studies from Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey
Citation: Cairo, The American University in Cairo Press, 2012
Irregular or illegal housing constitutes the ordinary condition of popular urban housing in the Middle East. Considering the conditions of daily practices related to land and tenure mobilization and of housing, neighborhood shaping, transactions, and conflict resolution, this book offers a new reading of government action in the cities of Amman, Beirut, Damascus, Istanbul, and Cairo, focussing on the participation of ordinary citizens and their interactions with state apparatus specifically located within the urban space. The book adopts a praxeological approach to law that describes how inhabitants define and exercise their legality in practice and daily routines. The ambition of the volume is to restore the continuum in the consolidation, building after building, of the popular neighborhoods of the cities under study, while demonstrating the closely-knit social relationships and other forms of community bonding.
Table of Contents:
• The mukhalafat of Damascus, a case study. • Etienne Lena • Selling one's property in an informal settlement: a case study in Damascus. • Baudouin Dupret & Myriam Ferrier • Property securement in informal neighbourhoods of Damascus via the payment of tax. • Myriam Ferrier • Inhabitants' daily practices and strategies to obtain legality of their home and mechanisms to secure their tenure (Egypt). • Marion Séjourné • Vertical versus Horizontal: Constraints of modern living conditions in informal settlements and the reality of construction. • Franziska Laue • Cooperation and pragmatism: shifting theories and practices about legal claims and urban rights recognition. • Agnès Deboulet • The Genesis of a Mosque: Negotiating Sacred Space in Downtown Beirut • Ward Vloeberghs • Public policies toward informal settlements in Jordan (1965-2007). • Myriam Ababsa • The commodification of the ashwa'iyyiat.Urban land, housing market unification and De Soto's interventions in Egypt. • Eric Denis • Mülk Allahindir ("This house is God's property"): Legitimizing land ownership in the suburbs of Istanbul. • Jean-François Pérouse • Laws and Rights in a Great Urban Project concerning Irregular Settlements in Beirut. • Valérie Clerc • The Coastal Settlements of Ouzaii and Jnah. Analysis for an upgrading project in Beirut. • Falk Jaehnigen • Social and juridical norms as observed in an Aleppo "marginal" neighborhood. • Zuhayr Ghazzal