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Humour in Contemporary FranceControversy, Consensus and Contradictions$
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Jonathan Ervine

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781789620511

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789620511.001.0001

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Islam and humour: more than just a debate about cartoons

Islam and humour: more than just a debate about cartoons

(p.129) Chapter 4 Islam and humour: more than just a debate about cartoons
Humour in Contemporary France

Jonathan Ervine

Liverpool University Press

This chapter will build on Chapter Three’s focus on comedians whose material that draws on their ethnic or racial origins by focusing on French comedians who draw on their Muslim roots when performing. This will demonstrate that that it is important to acknowledge that debates about Islam and humour need to go well beyond discussing cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. The presence of a growing number of comedians in France who evoke their Muslim roots challenges the perceived incompatibility of Islam and humour that is often evoked in debates about depictions of the Prophet. It will be shown that comedy is allowing Muslims in France, and elsewhere, to increasingly become tellers of jokes rather than merely the subject of jokes.

Keywords:   Islam, Muslims, Muslim comedians, Religious humour, Stand-up comedy

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