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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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Selling One's Property in an Informal Settlement: A Praxeological Approach to a Syrian Case Study

Selling One's Property in an Informal Settlement: A Praxeological Approach to a Syrian Case Study

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(p.47) 2 Selling One's Property in an Informal Settlement: A Praxeological Approach to a Syrian Case Study
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Popular Housing and Urban Land Tenure in the Middle East
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Baudouin Dupret

Myriam Ferrier

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774165405.003.0003

This chapter analyzes the various documents held by the owner of an apartment in a building built without a permit in the heart of the Yarmouk Palestinian camp in Damascus. They show that this case comprises a series of acts of sale of the stories of the building on land which was probably unsuitable for development. They reveal the language game used to give the informal property a coherent legal form, as well as the many practices used to prove ownership when a defect precludes the use of ordinary legal techniques.

Keywords:   Informal housing, property registration, ownership, Damascus, Palestinian camp, praxeology

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