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Tuhami: Portrait of a Moroccan (Hardcover)

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Tuhami is an illiterate Moroccan tilemaker who believes himself married to a camel-footed she-demon. A master of magic and a superb story-teller, Tuhami lives in a dank, windowless hovel near the kiln where he works. Nightly he suffers visitations from the demons and saints who haunt his life, and he seeks, with crippling ambivalence, liberation from 'A'isha Qandisha, the she-demon.

In a sensitive and bold experiment in interpretive ethnography, Crapanzano presents Tuhami's bizarre account of himself and his world. In so doing, Crapanzano draws on phenomenology, psychoanalysis, and symbolism to reflect upon the nature of reality and truth and to probe the limits of anthropology itself. Tuhami has become one of the most important and widely cited representatives of a new understanding of the whole discipline of anthropology.

About the Author


Vincent Crapanzano is a distinguished professor of comparative literature and anthropology at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center. He is the author of, among others, Serving the Word: Literalism in America from the Pulpit to the Bench and Tuhami: Portrait of a Moroccan, the latter published by the University of Chicago Press.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780226118703
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication Date: June 1st, 1980
Pages: 202