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Arabic Culture, Humor in

  • By: Georges Tamer
  • In: Encyclopedia of Humor Studies
  • Edited by: Salvatore Attardo
  • Subject:General Media, Communication & Cultural Studies, Sociology of Culture

In a broad sense, Arabic culture includes all kinds of literary and artistic production in Arabic. This includes also Islamic religious literature, such as the Qur’an and statements ascribed to the prophet Muhammad.

In regard to literature, humor is mostly found in jocular tales with satirical or ridiculing features. In these tales, humor is usually connected to the deviation from the ordinary and conventional, which causes relief from the psychological and social restrictions imposed on man. Humorous anecdotes have different Arabic names indicating different qualities that are difficult to be separated from each other. Some of these names are nādira for a short, witty amusing anecdote, ṭurfa for an elegant anecdote, and fukāha for a funny, humorous anecdote. The term al-adab al-hazlī (jocular literature) is the ...

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