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Author Khalaf, Samir.

Title Heart of Beirut : reclaiming the Bourj / Samir Khalaf.

Published London : Saqi, 2006.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  307.342095692 KHAL    AVAILABLE
Physical description 276 p. : ill., plans ; 23 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [255]-260) and index.
Contents Preface : Rafik Hariri's martyrdom and the mobilisation of public dissent -- 1. On collective memory, central space and national identity -- 2. Beirut's encounters with the social production of space : a historical overview -- 3. The spaces of post-war Beirut -- 4. Post-war construction of Beirut's central district -- 5. The Bourj as a cosmopolitan public sphere -- 6. Public sphere as playground -- 7. Future prospects.
Summary "In the wake of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri's assassination (14 February 2005), the Bourj witnessed extraordinary scenes of popular, multi-faith and cross-generational protest. Once again, Samir Khalaf argues, the heart of Beirut was poised to re-invent itself as an open space in which diverse groups can celebrate their differences without indifference to each other. By revisiting earlier episodes in the Bourj's numerous transformations of its collective identity, Khalaf explores prospects for neutralizing the disheartening symptoms of reawakened religiosity and commodified consumerism."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Plazas -- Lebanon -- Beirut.
Cosmopolitanism -- Lebanon -- Beirut.
Bourj (Beirut, Lebanon)
ISBN 0863565425 (pbk.)
Standard Number 9780863565427