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An Invitation to Laughter
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An Invitation to Laughter: A Lebanese Anthropologist in the Arab World

Fuad I. Khuri and Sonia Jalbout Khuri

Abstract

For the author of this book, 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 this book, the author's memoir of life as an anthropologist in the Middle East. A Ch ... More

Keywords: anthropology, cultures, Middle East, Lebanon, West Africa, Arab world, eating habits, Islam, democracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780226434766
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226434759.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fuad I. Khuri, author

Sonia Jalbout Khuri, editor