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

For the past due Fuad I. Khuri, a distinctive profession as an anthropologist started no longer due to normal matters like accessibility, funds, or prestige, yet as the very thought 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 bearing on a brand new medicine.” This profound appreciation for humor, particularly within the contradictions inherent within the research of cultures, is a particular subject of An Invitation to Laughter, Khuri’s astute memoir of existence as an anthropologist within the center East.

A Christian Lebanese, Khuri bargains up during this strange autobiography either an insider’s and an outsider’s viewpoint on lifestyles in Lebanon, somewhere else within the center East, and in West Africa. Khuri entertains and informs with shrewdpermanent insights into such concerns because the mentality of Arabs towards ladies, consuming conduct of the Arab global, the effect of Islam on West Africa, and the extravagant life of rich Arabs, or even bargains a imaginative and prescient for a kind of democracy that can reach the center East. In his existence and paintings, as those striking essays make obtrusive, Khuri proven how the self-discipline of anthropology keeps to make a distinction in bridging harmful divides.

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