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Postdoctoral visiting fellow, September 2018 - August 2019
The current research project, titled "'Neighborliness' as a Spiritual Paradigm", strives to investigate Sufism departing from the concept of neighborliness (Husn al-Jiwār) as the core of the individualistic and collective paradigm of peace. This perspective considers that the relations in the society are not merely based on lows and mutual rights and duties; but they, rather, are a spiritual expansion of the self. Sufism expresses the human salvation through an existential interaction between all the components of the Universe as one unit, and thus, it orients it through a holistic vision of relationships between the human and existence per se, which is, actually, based on the paradigm model of the perfect man (al-Insān al-Kāmil). Being a perfect man means to understand the layers of both existence and Universe, and to understand what kind of relationships should be maintained within these layers and how to deal with the interlines that are, here, more thresholds than boundaries. And by introducing threshold as the existential zone that differentiates – to not say separates – between the individual and the other, the perfect man tries to gently set his realm through a web of concepts that this project is exploring. Theoretically speaking, while these concepts are interacting, they make of this threshold the essence of the perfect existence, where all possibilities happen, and the main mission of the human being is to seek the balance.
Al-Masri, Muzna. 2017. ‘Sensory Reverberations: Rethinking the Temporal and Experiential Boundaries of War Ethnography’. Contemporary Levant 2 (1). doi:10.1080/20581831.2017.1322206.
Al-Masri, Muzna and Salim Nasr. 2006. “Decentralization, Democratization and Local Governance in the Arab World” (in Arabic), in LCPS (Eds.) The Challenges of Decentralization and Local Governance in the Arab World. Beirut: Lebanese Center for Policy Studies, 2006
Recent Research reports
Al-Masri, Muzna and Zeina Abla. 2017. “An urban suburb with the capacities of a village: The Social Stability Context in the Chouf Coastal Area”. Beirut: UNDP.
Al-Masri, Muzna and Zeina Abla. 2017. “The Burden of Scarce Opportunities: The Social Stability Context in Central and West Bekaa”. Beirut: UNDP.
Al-Masri, Muzna. 2016. “Local and Regional Entanglements: The Social Stability Context in Sahel Akkar. Beirut: UNDP.
Al-Masri, Muzna. 2016. “Converging Interests of Conciliation: The Social Stability Context in the Marjaayoun and Hasbaya Qazas” Beirut: UNDP.
Al-Masri, Muzna. 2016. “The Social Stability Context in the Nabatieh & Bint Jbeil Qazas: Conflict Analysis Report” Beirut: UNDP.
Al-Masri, Muzna, and Zeina Abla. 2015. “The Impact of the Schooling System of Lebanese and Syrian Displaced Pupils on Social Stability.” Beirut: International Alert.
Al-Masri, Muzna. 2015. “Between Local Patronage Relationships and Securitization: The Conflict Context in the Bekaa Region.” Beirut: Lebanon Support & UNDP.
Al-Masri, Muzna. 2015. “At the Gates of Football Fields” (in Arabic). In Practicing the Public: Beirut's Shared Public Spaces, by Mona Fawaz, Ahmad Gharbieh, Nadine Bekdache and Abir Saksouk-Sasso (eds). Beirut: Published with Assafir newspaper in October 2015.