Politics of Sacred Space in Downtown Beirut (1853–2008)

Ward Vloeberghs

in Popular Housing and Urban Land Tenure in the Middle East

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9789774165405
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781617971358 | DOI:
Politics of Sacred Space in Downtown Beirut (1853–2008)

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This chapter details the stages of the design, construction, and symbolism of the Muhammad al-Amin Mosque in Beirut, and analyzes the formal and informal mechanisms involved in the creation of an exceptional urban edifice. It examines the land registry plans, the positions and statements of all the social actors, and the legal practices and architectural projects involved. This provides the means to describe and consequently interpret the methods of appropriation and dispute of a public space whose sacredness is reinforced or challenged by its political use.

Keywords: Mosque; religious buildings; legal practices; architectural politics; Beirut

Chapter.  11806 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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