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Islam

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

Taken broadly as a culture or civilization and not narrowly as a religion with a set of cut-and-dried dogmas and fixed rituals, Islam would, like any other culture or civilization, appear to have a fairly rich element of humor. The subject of humor in

Islam can be approached in a variety of ways. One typology would distinguish between religious humor (including humor at the expense of religion), political humor, and folk humor; another, between wit, pun, irony, banter, repartee, parody, practical joke, satire, and burlesque. There are humorous anecdotes involving people from various walks of life, callings, and backgrounds, such as ascetics and saints (at times, prophets, too—especially the prophet Muhammad), scholars and sages, judges and jurists, theologians and philosophers, kings and courtiers, poets and writers, ...

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