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Title: Sect and House in Syria: History, Architecture, and Bayt Amongst the Druze in Jaramana
Authors: Kastrinou, AMA
Keywords: Syria;Druze;sect;house;bayt;family
Citation: History and Anthropology, 2014, 25 (3), pp. 313 - 335
Abstract: This paper explores the connections between the architecture and materiality of houses and the social idiom of bayt (house, family). The ethnographic exploration is located in the Druze village of Jaramana, on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus. It traces the histories, genealogies, and politics of two families, bayt Abud-Haddad and bayt Ouward, through their houses. By exploring the two families and the architecture of their houses, this paper provides a detailed ethnographic account of historical change in modern Syria, internal diversity, and stratification within the intimate social fabric of the Druze neighbourhood at a time of war, and contributes a relational approach to the anthropological understanding of houses.
ISSN: 1477-2612
Appears in Collections:Dept of Social Sciences Media and Communications Research Papers

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