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Popular Housing and Urban Land Tenure in the Middle EastCase Studies from Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey$
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Myriam Ababsa, Baudouin Dupret, and Eric Dennis

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9789774165405

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774165405.001.0001

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Law, Rights, and Justice in Informal Settlements: The Crossed Frames of Reference of Town Planning in a Large Urban Development Project in Beirut

Law, Rights, and Justice in Informal Settlements: The Crossed Frames of Reference of Town Planning in a Large Urban Development Project in Beirut

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(p.303) 12 Law, Rights, and Justice in Informal Settlements: The Crossed Frames of Reference of Town Planning in a Large Urban Development Project in Beirut
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Popular Housing and Urban Land Tenure in the Middle East
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Valérie Clerc

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774165405.003.0013

This chapter deals with the Elyssar project, developed in 1995, which aimed to destroy large areas of informal settlements located in the southern suburbs of Beirut, whose residents had been displaced from southern Lebanon. The project was abandoned due to resistance from Hezbollah and Amal. The study of the cases put forward by the various social actors shows that notions of justice and law are based on the political agendas of each party. At the same time, ‘rights to the city’ are refused to stigmatized Shi‘is and rural populations.

Keywords:   Elyssar project, informal settlements, right to the city, Beirut

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