Humor in the Moslem/Arab world
It seems to be a hot topic today, so I thought I'd do a few links:
At Dean Esmay's, Mary Madigan points out that humor about Mohammed was not always verbotan in the Moslem world.
Dr. Sanity has an excellent post on the different varieties of humor and the function they serve.
And then there's this.
Unfortunately, I can't find the appropriate link right now despite searching--but I recall shortly before the Iraqi War reading an article about the Iraqi people and their culture. It mentioned that the Iraqis were known throughout the Arab world for their sense of humor.
I thought at the time that, if true, this was indeed a hopeful sign for the future of the country. And, since the end of the war, I've noticed evidence of an excellent sense of humor on many of the Iraqi blogs (notably, Iraq the Model). A good thing; they've needed it, and will continue to need it.