Jiwar: from a right of neighbourliness to a right of neighbourhood for refugees

Zaman, Tahir (2019) Jiwar: from a right of neighbourliness to a right of neighbourhood for refugees. In: Jureidini, Ray and Hassan, Said Fares (eds.) Migration and Islamic ethics: issues of residence, naturalization and citizenship. Studies in Islamic Ethics . Brill, Leiden, pp. 47-66. ISBN 9789004406407

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In this paper I make the case that a closer examination of the tradition of jiwār or neighbourliness can help unsettle the binary of citizen and migrant that forecloses the possibility of accessing rights for the latter. Here, insights from human geography and social anthropology pertaining to understandings and practices of conviviality are mobilised to ask what contemporary readings of jiwār can tell us given that the nation-state dominates modalities and practices of locality production. Mobilising interview and ethnographic research material produced in partnership with Palestinian, Syrian, Sudanese, and Iraqi forced migrants over the past 8 years across multiple sites, this paper draws attention to the significance of creating and maintaining neighbourly relations and spaces as an ethical position contrasted against exclusionary nation-state and sectarian discourses and practices. Here, I draw on the Turkish state response to on-going Syrian displacement and the Syrian state’s response to the earlier displacement of Iraqis (2005-11) to illustrate how the sedentarist logic of the nation-state impedes practices of conviviality that emerge from the lived realities of encounter between those already resident and those who newly arrive.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
Depositing User: Sharon Krummel
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2019 17:15
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2020 14:28
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/87486

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