april, 2019

201902apr12:30 pm2:00 pmResearch Workshop: “Dead” but “Agile:” Discourses of Inalienability, Beirut’s Islamic Endowments, and Post-war Reconstruction—Nada Moumtaz (DSR and NMC)12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Institute of Islamic Studies, 170 St. George Street, Jackman Humanities Bldg, Suite 530, Seminar Room, Toronto Event Organized By: Institute of Islamic Studies

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The reconstruction of Beirut’s city center after a destructive war (1975–1990) expropriated most property rights-holders against their wishes for shares in the company in charge of reconstruction. One of those who escaped expropriation were the Islamic inalienable charitable endowments (waqfs). Was these endowments’ inalienability, as required in Islamic law and in the Lebanese real-estate code, the reason for their preservation? Archival research and interviews show that these inalienable endowments were not simply kept outside the market. Some were taken to market, which allowed for income for the perpetuation of other endowments. Nonetheless, these inalienable endowments were not simply disciplined to further accumulation, as the incomes from the kept endowments are disbursed to teach about and facilitate living according to the Islamic tradition. Despite inalienability being more of a fiction, anthropologists and Islamic legal scholars should remain attuned to discourses of inalienability (or Islamic law in “theory”). Indeed these are statements not only reflect what matters and what ought to be, but also do things “in practice,” like stand in the way of dispossession.

Time

(Tuesday) 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Location

Institute of Islamic Studies

170 St. George Street, Jackman Humanities Bldg, Suite 530, Seminar Room, Toronto

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Institute of Islamic Studies

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