God's Property: Islam, Charity, and the Modern State
Join us for our third Book Talk
Date: Thursday, May 4, 2023 at 6:00pm
Location: Architecture Lecture Hall, Dar Al Handasah Design and Architecture Bldg., American University of Beirut
God’s Property: Islam, Charity, and the Modern State
Authored by Nada Moumtaz
Howayda Al-Harithy, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, Research Lead at Beirut Urban Lab
Maya Mikdashi, Associate Professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Rutgers University
Samer Ghamroun, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law and Political Science at Saint Joseph University of Beirut
Nadia von Maltzahn, Research Associate at the Orient-Institut Beirut
All are welcome!
Nada Moumtaz is Associate Professor in the Department for the Study of Religion and the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto. She received her B.Arch from the Department of Architecture and Design at the American University of Beirut and her PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her research stands at the intersection of anthropology, history, and Islamic legal studies, and spans the nineteenth and twenty-first centuries in the Levant. Throughout her work, Nada addresses how, beginning in the nineteenth century, Islamic tradition has transformed while continuing to challenge and provide alternatives to dominant sensibilities, conceptions, and institutions of the modern world. Her book God’s Property: Islam, Charity, and the Modern State received an honorable mention from the Clifford Geertz Prize of the Society for the Anthropology of Religion and from the J. Willard Hurst Prize of the Law and Society Association. She is embarking on a new project to examine practices of elderly care among Sunni Muslims in Beirut.
Howayda Al-Harithy is a Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the American University of Beirut (AUB), where she is currently serving as Founding Director of the School of Design. She is also a Research Director at the Beirut Urban Lab. Her research focuses on urban heritage with an emphasis on the theoretical debate on heritage construction and consumption related to identity building and post-war reconstruction in the Arab world.
Samer Ghamroun is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law and Political Science at Saint-Joseph University of Beirut, where he teaches legal sociology and anthropology, legal history, and constitutional law, among other courses. Samer holds a PhD in legal sociology from the École Normale Supérieure of Cachan, in Paris, on the subject of judicial competition between juvenile and sharia judges in Lebanon, around the protection of children and women's rights. Samer’s research and publications pertain to law and society relations in Arab contexts, covering topics such as the religious legal systems for family law and their relationship with civil systems, as well as legal pluralism and the state’s normative power. His research interests also include legal professions, and the relationship between politics, law and the judiciary in Lebanon and the Arab region. Samer partook in the initial effort to build the Legal Agenda, a non-profit organization based in Beirut and Tunis whose work aims at bridging the gap between research and activism, and between law and other social sciences. He was a member of its first team in 2010 and held several research responsibilities there, before presiding over its Board between 2014 and 2018. He is currently a senior researcher and a scientific editor within the LA team in Beirut, in charge of developing the institution’s research efforts in using the social sciences, their theories and methods, to study legal practices and judicial institutions and professions in Arab countries.