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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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Politics of Sacred Space in Downtown Beirut (1853–2008)

Politics of Sacred Space in Downtown Beirut (1853–2008)

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(p.137) 6 Politics of Sacred Space in Downtown Beirut (1853–2008)
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Popular Housing and Urban Land Tenure in the Middle East
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Ward Vloeberghs

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774165405.003.0007

This chapter details the stages of the design, construction, and symbolism of the Muhammad al-Amin Mosque in Beirut, and analyzes the formal and informal mechanisms involved in the creation of an exceptional urban edifice. It examines the land registry plans, the positions and statements of all the social actors, and the legal practices and architectural projects involved. This provides the means to describe and consequently interpret the methods of appropriation and dispute of a public space whose sacredness is reinforced or challenged by its political use.

Keywords:   Mosque, religious buildings, legal practices, architectural politics, Beirut

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