Beshara Doumani

Mecredi, 5 juin 2019

Property Devolution, Shari'a, and the Making of the Modern Middle East

In this comparative examination of the property devolution strategies and gender regimes in the context of local political economies, Beshara Doumani offers a groundbreaking examination of how wealth transfer by ordinary people from one generation to the next has shaped the modern Middle East. Based on archives of Islamic law courts and other locally generated sources, Doumani argues that there is no such thing as the Muslim or Arab family type that is so central to Orientalist, nationalist, and Islamist narratives. Rather, one finds dramatic regional differences, even within the same cultural zone, in the ways that family was understood, organized, and reproduced. The findings challenge prevalent assumptions in public discourses about  Islam, women, and modernity in the Middle East.


Sur Beshara Doumani

Beshara Doumani est Professeur à la Brown University et Directeur du Center of Middle East Studies. Ses recherches portent sur l’histoire sociale, économique et juridique de l’espace de l’Est méditerranéen. Son dernier livre, Family Life in the Ottoman Mediterranean: A Social History, Cambridge, 2017, se penche sur les fondations islamiques du waqf. Il montre comment cette institution a permis aux familles de préserver leur richesse et de financer des mosquées, des écoles et des œuvres de charité.