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Change as faith

in An Invitation to Laughter

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780226434766
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226434759 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226434759.003.0007
Change as faith

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Returning home after three years of interaction with the outside world was an anticlimax. As soon as he arrived in Lebanon, the author wanted to be on the move again. He put the novel, 'Ain 'Alā Lubnān, into its final shape and arranged with Yūsuf al-Khāl, the director of Dar Majallat Shi'r, for its publication. Meanwhile, Professor Vernon Dorjahn wrote to tell him that the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oregon has renewed his fellowship for 1963–1964, which would enable him to finish writing his PhD dissertation. Assured of the fellowship, the author decided to spend two weeks in Lebanon to monitor the publication of the novel and look for job opportunities. When nothing happened, he took the bus to Eugene. Although he had been away for only a year and three months, the author felt that he was a stranger in Eugene. After obtaining his PhD, he soon found himself digging up the data he had collected in Africa on Islam and on the Lebanese immigrants.

Keywords: Lebanon; University of Oregon; fellowship; dissertation; Africa; Islam; Lebanese immigrants

Chapter.  4454 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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