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An Invitation to LaughterA Lebanese Anthropologist in the Arab World$
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Fuad I. Khuri and Sonia Jalbout Khuri

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780226434766

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226434759.001.0001

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Teaching in Beirut

Teaching in Beirut

“Sir, keep this information to yourself”

(p.72) Seven Teaching in Beirut
An Invitation to Laughter
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The author started his career at the American University of Beirut (AUB) on October 1, 1964. After twenty-three years of active service, he resigned on October 15, 1987. He had always fancied a professorship at AUB; teaching there was a dream come true. Established in the mid-1880s by an American Presbyterian mission, AUB had grown to become a microcosm of Lebanon and the Middle East. When the author joined AUB, only two anthropology courses were offered, and those through the Department of Sociology: one was The Peoples of the Middle East, the other, Cultural Anthropology. Five years later, a complete program in anthropology, leading to the BA and MA degrees, was established; it was meant to parallel and enhance the sociology program. The name of the department, which also included psychology, was changed to Social and Behavioral Studies. However, war conditions in the 1970s and 1980s in Lebanon, the continuous intimidation of the faculty, unprecedented political intervention, and budgetary restrictions crippled all the programs at AUB.

Keywords:   American University of Beirut, teaching, Lebanon, anthropology, Middle East, war

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