An Invitation to Laughter: A Lebanese Anthropologist in the by Fuad I. Khuri,Sonia Jalbout Khuri,Richard Antoun PDF

By Fuad I. Khuri,Sonia Jalbout Khuri,Richard Antoun

For the overdue Fuad I. Khuri, a uncommon occupation as an anthropologist all started no longer as a result of average matters like accessibility, cash, or prestige, yet as the very concept of an profession that baffled his countrymen made them—and him—laugh. “When I inform them that ‘anthropology’ is my occupation . . . they suspect i'm both conversing a wierd language or pertaining to a brand new medicine.” This profound appreciation for humor, specifically within the contradictions inherent within the learn of cultures, is a particular subject matter of An Invitation to Laughter, Khuri’s astute memoir of lifestyles as an anthropologist within the heart East.

A Christian Lebanese, Khuri deals up during this strange autobiography either an insider’s and an outsider’s standpoint on lifestyles in Lebanon, in different places within the center East, and in West Africa. Khuri entertains and informs with smart insights into such concerns because the mentality of Arabs towards ladies, consuming conduct of the Arab global, the impression of Islam on West Africa, and the extravagant life of rich Arabs, or even deals a imaginative and prescient for one of those democracy that may achieve the center East. In his lifestyles and paintings, as those outstanding essays make obvious, Khuri established how the self-discipline of anthropology keeps to make a distinction in bridging harmful divides.

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