Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “An Enchanted Modern: Gender and Public Piety in Shi'i Lebanon” as Want to Read:
An Enchanted Modern: Gender and Public Piety in Shi'i Lebanon
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

An Enchanted Modern: Gender and Public Piety in Shi'i Lebanon

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  146 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Based on two years of ethnographic research in the southern suburbs of Beirut, An Enchanted Modern demonstrates that Islam and modernity are not merely compatible, but actually go hand-in-hand. This eloquent ethnographic portrayal of an Islamic community articulates how an alternative modernity, and specifically an enchanted modernity, may be constructed by Shi'I Muslims w ...more
Paperback, 263 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Princeton University Press (first published February 27th 2006)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about An Enchanted Modern, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about An Enchanted Modern

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Hafsa
Jun 05, 2007 Hafsa rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those interested in the relationship between Islam and modernity
Lara Deeb’s first book, An Enchanted Modern: Gender and Public Piety in Shi’i Lebanon is a timely and cutting edge work that portrays and addresses the relationship between gender, religiosity, and modernity in a contemporary small Shi’i suburb called Al-Dahiyya, which is located in the south of Beirut in Lebanon. The book is very timely as it was published in the year 2006 and adds a different perspective to the academic discourses regarding religion and modernity in public life. The book seeks ...more
Bill DeGenaro
Jan 26, 2012 Bill DeGenaro rated it really liked it
A really superb ethnography of the Shi'i suburbs in south Beirut. Deeb manages to write for a wide audience, focusing primarily on stories, individuals, and "public" (religious/ethnic/political/national) practices of a sometimes misunderstood and marginalized community. You needn't be a social scientist to follow her analysis. In fact, experts on Lebanon may find the work lacking or theoretically thin, but I thought it was lively and interesting. Recommended for anyone who wants to understand th ...more
Chris
Aug 06, 2011 Chris rated it it was amazing
Literally the best 21st century ethnography I've ever read. Want to know why the modernizing world is getting MORE religious - not less? You can read many contemporary sociologists. But want to know WHAT this looks like? Read Deeb. Want to know why the world might benefit from more piety, especially in conflict-ridden areas? Read Deeb. She describes the pious Shi'a women who are re-building their communities, even as decades of poverty, militant activity, and international invasion has rent them ...more
Gwen
Apr 15, 2012 Gwen rated it liked it
Recommended to Gwen by: Most recently read for "Geographic Perspectives on the Middle East" (grad)--but also read for "The Shi'i Revival" (undergrad)
Shelves: school
This was the third time (at least) that I had read this book, plus whatever excerpts had been assigned in the Intro to Islam class. This book made much less of an impact on me in graduate school--now, I had a much stronger knowledge of Ashura, the Kerbala Paradigm, and Hezbollah parastatal activities in south Beirut, so upon rereading, this book was not as powerful as I remembered. But this book is a great look at the daily lives of women active in women's societies in poorer Shi'i neighborhoods ...more
Adam
Nov 21, 2008 Adam rated it really liked it
Excellent ethnography of the Shi'i in Beruit. Falls a little short theoretically, but well worth the read. If one wants to get to know how daily life is in the Hizbollah-dominated areas of Beirut this is the book to read. It will enlighten those looking to understand Arab Shi'ism and see the banality of life, even in the 'exotic' regions of the "Other".
Mike
Aug 08, 2011 Mike rated it really liked it
very fascinating look at the mix of gender, piety, and modernity in the Shi'i neighborhoods of southern Beirut, which are largely controlled by Hizb'allah. It should especially be of interest to those studying the Hizb'allah movement, women in Shi'i Islam, or the meeting point between Shi'i Islam and modernity.
Iman
**Normalising public piety can widen the gap between public and private piety.
Because the newer female shi'i generations no longer make the concious choice of piety, they are at a risk of revolting against it (just as their mothers revolted against the norms of their social realities)**

Nadia
Apr 14, 2014 Nadia rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This was a really solid study though at times it gave me way more detail about practice than I would ever need as someone not writing an anthropology paper. I wish there was a little more contextualisation to go with the straight up description but overall it was an enjoyable read.
Kara
May 16, 2008 Kara rated it really liked it
Shelves: anthro
very interesting ethnography of pious Shi'i Muslims in the suburbs of Beirut. well written for a broader audience than many anthropology books.
Lindsey Taylor
Lindsey Taylor rated it it was ok
Oct 13, 2016
Brenna Resnick
Brenna Resnick rated it really liked it
Jul 19, 2016
Janjaap Eerten
Janjaap Eerten rated it really liked it
Dec 14, 2012
Dunya
Dunya rated it liked it
Jan 03, 2016
Roba Salibi
Roba Salibi rated it really liked it
Nov 15, 2016
Sara
Sara rated it really liked it
Dec 29, 2015
Linda Oh
Linda Oh rated it liked it
Oct 30, 2013
Vanessa
Vanessa rated it it was amazing
Feb 08, 2015
John Compton
John Compton rated it it was amazing
Oct 02, 2011
Anita Iacono
Anita Iacono rated it liked it
May 22, 2016
Meredith
Meredith rated it really liked it
May 11, 2014
Ha-Mi Nguyen
Ha-Mi Nguyen rated it liked it
May 05, 2013
Joshua Ford
Joshua Ford rated it really liked it
Feb 28, 2016
Lauren
Lauren rated it really liked it
Apr 10, 2008
arafat
arafat rated it liked it
Apr 25, 2010
Taua
Taua rated it really liked it
Dec 05, 2007
Nathan Christopher
Nathan Christopher rated it really liked it
Aug 18, 2007
esin duzel
esin duzel rated it it was amazing
Feb 18, 2010
Zed Amadeo
Zed Amadeo rated it it was ok
May 05, 2015
Courtney
Courtney rated it really liked it
Feb 28, 2011
Andrea
Andrea rated it really liked it
Aug 01, 2008
« previous 1 3 4 5 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject
  • Genealogies of Religion: Discipline and Reasons of Power in Christianity and Islam
  • The Politics of the Veil
  • Laughter Out of Place: Race, Class, Violence, and Sexuality in a Rio Shantytown
  • Writing Women's Worlds: Bedouin Stories
  • Why the French Don't Like Headscarves: Islam, the State, and Public Space
  • What Is Islam?: The Importance of Being Islamic
  • Rethinking Muslim Women and the Veil: Challenging Historical & Modern Stereotypes
  • Travesti: Sex, Gender, and Culture among Brazilian Transgendered Prostitutes
  • The Southern Gates of Arabia: A Journey in the Hadhramaut
  • Women and Gender in Islam: Historical Roots of a Modern Debate
  • Sexual Ethics And Islam: Feminist Reflections on Qur'an, Hadith, and Jurisprudence
  • Anthropology and Social Theory: Culture, Power, and the Acting Subject
  • Of Virgins and Martyrs: Women and Sexuality in Global Conflict
  • American Muslim Women: Negotiating Race, Class, and Gender Within the Ummah
  • Living Islam Out Loud: American Muslim Women Speak
  • Islam, the West and the Challenges of Modernity
  • Veiled Courage: Inside the Afghan Women's Resistance

Share This Book