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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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Mülk Allah'ındır (‘This House is God's Property’) Legitimizing Land Ownership in the Suburbs of Istanbul

Mülk Allah'ındır (‘This House is God's Property’) Legitimizing Land Ownership in the Suburbs of Istanbul

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(p.283) 11 Mülk Allah'ındır (‘This House is God's Property’) Legitimizing Land Ownership in the Suburbs of Istanbul
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Popular Housing and Urban Land Tenure in the Middle East
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Jean-François Pérouse

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774165405.003.0012

This chapter focuses on informality in the city of Istanbul, and underlines the overuse of the term gecekondu. He shows that the public authorities themselves breach property laws and distort the notion of public property. He argues of the existence of a real-estate mafia, and describes the processes used by various formal and informal authorities to facilitate property embezzlement. Due to land shortages, title deeds are often canceled in the name of the fight against crime and terrorism, thus opening the way to lucrative deals. The study of the discourse and standards used by social actors to justify their actions shows how a façade of legality (formal law) is nonetheless maintained.

Keywords:   Public property, informality, title deeds cancelation, formal law, real-estate mafia, Istanbul

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