An Invitation to Laughter
A Lebanese Anthropologist in the Arab World New edition
By (author) Fuad I. Khuri
Edited by Sonia Jalbout Khuri
Foreword by Richard Antoun
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Invitation to Laughter by Fuad I. Khuri
Book DescriptionFor 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226434780
(229mm x 153mm x 5mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Fuad I. Khuri
Imams and Emirs, Paperback (March 2006)
Presents a comparative study of Islamic sects in the contemporary Arab world. This book argues that conflicts among Muslims arise from the struggle between two opposing forces: religious, doctrinaire authorities (imams) and leaders who derive their authority from power and coercion (emirs).
Body in Islamic Culture, Hardback (September 2000)» View all books by Fuad I. Khuri
The concept of the body is of special importance in Islamic and Arab societies. The author explores the concept through the different meanings and images related to the body in Islam and how these permeate religious practices and social attitudes.
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Author Biography - Fuad I. Khuri
Fuad I. Khuri (1935 - 2003) was professor of anthropology at the American University of Beirut from 1964 to 1987. Khuri held a series of visiting professorships at the London School of Economics, University of Manchester, University of Chicago, and University of Oregon. Among his many books are From Village to Suburb, Tribe and State in Bahrain, Imams and Emirs and, most recently, Being a Druze. Sonia Jalbout Khuri has taught mathematics education in Lebanon and the United Kingdom. She also worked as a research assistant and editor with her late husband, Fuad I. Khuri.
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