Paper $22.00 ISBN: 9780226118710 Published January 1985
An e-book edition will be published.


Portrait of a Moroccan

Vincent Crapanzano

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Vincent Crapanzano

204 pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | © 1980
Paper $22.00 ISBN: 9780226118710 Published January 1985
E-book $19.00 ISBN: 9780226191461 Will Publish March 2013
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.
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