Cover

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Title page, Copyright

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

List of Figures

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pp. vii-viii

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Preface and Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xii

This book began with a conversation on a bench at the American University of Beirut in July 2002; it began with a friendship that grew into a research collaboration, and became a collaboration that nurtured that...

Note on Language

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pp. xiii-xvi

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Introduction: Exploring Leisure, Morality, and Geography in South Beirut

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pp. 1-34

It was a typical Thursday around three in the afternoon in late summer about a year after Bab al-Hara opened.1 We walked up a short flight of stone stairs and through a small outdoor seating area to the café entrance just above the...

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1. New Leisure in South Beirut

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pp. 35-65

In December 1999, seven months before the liberation of South Lebanon from Israeli occupation, an amusement park opened in Dahiya. It was located along its western edge, close to the Golf Club of Lebanon and several ritzy residential areas. Its Ferris wheel was shining new...

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2. Producing Islamic Fun: Hizbullah, Fadlallah, and the Entrepreneurs

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pp. 66-101

Moral leisure is a sound business venture in south Beirut. Fady, a returnee from the United States who opened a successful café in the area, understood this well. As he noted above, operating a café in Dahiya requires abiding by the basic tenets of not serving...

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3. Mapping Leisure and Café Styles

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pp. 102-134

Prior to 2000, Dahiya had a few pizza places scattered along some of its commercial streets that functioned like the local manʾoushe and fast-food stands. There were also a couple restaurants by its western edge that mainly catered food as well as a few male-only traditional...

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4 Flexible Morality, Respectful Choices, Smaller Transgressions

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pp. 135-175

Rabiʿ is not talking about shopping for clothing or a new stereo system. He is describing how he relates to the manifold options available to him when he goes out. The combination of new cafés in Dahiya and new desires for leisure that may take people beyond...

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5. Comforting Territory, New Urban Experiences, and the Moral City

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pp. 176-207

Over the past few years, most of Mona’s students at the American University of Beirut were utterly unaware of Dahiya’s new leisure sites until she asked them to conduct fieldwork in a south Beirut café for her class. For these...

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6. Good Taste, Leisure’s Moral Spaces, and Sociopolitical Change in Lebanon

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pp. 208-222

Thus far, we have seen how ideas about morality, space, and place come together to create specific forms of leisure for more or less pious Shiʿi Muslim residents of south Beirut. Choices about leisure activities and places are informed by different moral rubrics, as people negotiate...

Appendix: Quoted Figures and Characters

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pp. 223-226

Notes

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pp. 227-260

Glossary

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pp. 261-262

References

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pp. 263-276

Index

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pp. 277-288