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Author Khuri, Fuad I
Title An Invitation to Laughter : A Lebanese Anthropologist in the Arab World
Imprint Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2007
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Note Intro -- Contents -- Foreword -- Prologue: The man himself -- Note on Arabic words -- Introduction: Why " laughter"? -- 1. Exploring origins -- 2. Studying anthropology in Oregon -- 3. Being Lebanese -- 4. Religious syncretism -- 5. Lebanese traders inWest Africa -- 6. Change as faith -- 7. Teaching in Beirut -- 8. Establishing an Arab association for the social sciences -- 9. The exotic in the suburbs of Beirut -- 10. Alumni and ulama in Bahrain -- 11. Open secrets -- 12. Table manners in Yemen -- 13. The official policy toward emigration in Lebanon -- 14. The Arab rich -- 15. Who wants to be a zaim? -- 16. Living in Great Britain -- List of Research Projects -- List of Publications -- Index
For the late Fuad I. Khuri, a distinguished career as an anthropologist began not because of typical concerns like accessibility, money, or status, but because the very idea of an occupation that baffled his countrymen made them-and him-laugh. "When I tell them that 'anthropology' is my profession . . . they think I am either speaking a strange language or referring to a new medicine." This profound appreciation for humor, especially in the contradictions inherent in the study of cultures, is a distinctive theme of An Invitation to Laughter, Khuri's astute memoir of life as an anthropologist in the Middle East. A Christian Lebanese, Khuri offers up in this unusual autobiography both an insider's and an outsider's perspective on life in Lebanon, elsewhere in the Middle East, and in West Africa. Khuri entertains and informs with clever insights into such issues as the mentality of Arabs toward women, eating habits of the Arab world, the impact of Islam on West Africa, and the extravagant lifestyles of wealthy Arabs, and even offers a vision for a type of democracy that could succeed in the Middle East. In his life and work, as these astonishing essays make evident, Khuri demonstrated how the discipline of anthropology continues to make a difference in bridging dangerous divides
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Khuri, Fuad I. An Invitation to Laughter : A Lebanese Anthropologist in the Arab World Chicago : University of Chicago Press,c2007 9780226434766
Subject Khūrī, Fuʾād Isḥāq.;Ethnologists -- Lebanon -- Biography.;Ethnology -- Fieldwork -- Arab countries.;Arab countries -- Social life and customs
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Alt Author Khuri, Sonia Jalbout
Antoun, Richard
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