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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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Shared Social and Juridical Meanings as Observed in an Aleppo ‘Marginal’ Neighborhood

Shared Social and Juridical Meanings as Observed in an Aleppo ‘Marginal’ Neighborhood

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(p.169) 7 Shared Social and Juridical Meanings as Observed in an Aleppo ‘Marginal’ Neighborhood
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Popular Housing and Urban Land Tenure in the Middle East
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Zouhair Ghazzal

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774165405.003.0008

This chapter details the various aspects of urban informality and methods of property registration in informal settlements in Aleppo, as well as the tribal codes that govern social relations in these neighborhoods. It describes how, by making a false declaration of breach of contract in court, the parties officially set out the details of a plot and the names of its owners. The author carries out a micro-sociological study of working-class neighborhoods in Aleppo in order to show that their residents handle crimes and homicides themselves, following customary tribal law, before referring cases to the police.

Keywords:   Urban informality, informal settlements, Aleppo neighborhoods, legal practices

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