Dr Walid Ghali, Head of the Aga Khan Library and Associate Professor at AKU-ISMC, has published a new chapter on Humour in Islamic Literature and Muslim Practices: Virtue or Vice? in the book Muslims and Humour: Essays on Comedy, Joking, and Mirth in Contemporary Islamic Contexts.
This thought-provoking collection offers a multi-disciplinary approach on the subject of humour, Muslims, and Islam.
Beginning with theoretical perspectives and scriptural guidance on permissible and restricted humour, the volume presents a variety of case studies about Muslim comedic practices in various cultural, political, and religious contexts.
This unprecedented scholarship sheds new light on common misconceptions about humour and laughter in Islam and deftly tackles sensitive themes from blasphemy to freedom of speech.