Beshara Doumani

Mittwoch, 5. Juni 2019
10:00 bis 11:00 Uhr


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.


Über Beshara Doumani

Beshara Doumani ist Joukowsky Family Distinguished Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History an der Brown University und Direktor of Middle East Studies. Er forscht zur Sozial-, Wirtschafts- und Rechtsgeschichte des östlichen Mittelmeerraums.

Sein aktuelles Buch Family Life in the Ottoman Mediterranean: A Social History, Cambridge, 2017 beschäftigt sich mit den islamischen waqf-Stiftungen. Er zeigt wie es diese Familien erlaubten, ihren Reichtum zu bewahren und Moscheen, Schulen und wohltätige Einrichtungen zu finanzieren.