Tuhami: Portrait of a Moroccan

Tuhami Portrait of a Moroccan 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

  • Title: Tuhami: Portrait of a Moroccan
  • Author: Vincent Crapanzano
  • ISBN: 9780226118710
  • Page: 383
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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, theTuhami 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.

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    1. I had to read it for an anthropology class last week. Here is what I wrote in my response paper:It is definitely an incredibly detailed and exceptional ethnography of Moroccan Muslim Society through the “storytelling” of the “peculiar” life of Tuhami, a Moroccan man who is married to a she-demon named ‘Aisha Quandisha. (I am going to explain later why I directly stated Tuhami’s marriage as a fact and did not say instead for example: Tuhami a Moroccan man who believes that he is marri [...]

    2. I have read many life histories for my anthropology class and this is one of the most unusual. All of the others that we have read told the life of one or a few people through stories recounted to the ethnographer. And while Tuhami utilizes the life history method, it is much different than the other ones. First of all, the subject of the novel, Tuhami, never tells the same story the same way twice. There are many instances were Crapanzano will collect one story and Tuhami will not remember the [...]

    3. An incredibly detailed ethnography of Morrocan Muslims through in depth interviews and conversations with one man regarding his complete belief systems. Brings some amazing insight into the realities of "folk religions". Though someone calls themselves Muslim, there are many more layers then just the Muslim worldview/belief system in that person.

    4. Crapanzano says that when he wrote on 1970 his PhD thesis, The Hamadsha, he was interested in psychonalaysis, but he "felt uncomfortable with certain of its assumptios". During '70, before starting to teach in Princeton, he spent a summer in France and for the first time he read Lacan: "I was overwhelmed, excited mainly impressed by how strikingly different a picture of psychoanalysis he had from my own". When he wrote Tuhami on 1980, he could talk with lacanian terms, saying about him that "wha [...]

    5. Tuhami is written as a novel/case study, but is so well crafted that it flows without it feeling overly scientific. The beginning of the book is a fantastic view of Moroccan culture and mysticism. I recognize that if I did not live in Morocco i would not appreciate much of the depth of the explanations. Tuhami allowed me to understand many things regarding the Jnoon that i have been curious about, but that people do not discuss in my community. The book went off on a tangent toward the end, then [...]

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