The Funny Thing About Muslims

Muslims are often held not to have a sense of humour, but is this true? Writer and broadcaster Sarfraz Manzoor, himself a practising Muslim, talks to comics, comedy writers and scholars about what makes Muslims laugh.

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Sarfraz Manzoor explores the view that Muslims lack a sense of humour.

Writer and broadcaster Sarfraz Manzoor, himself a practising Muslim, talks to Muslim comics, comedy writers and scholars about what makes their fellow-believers laugh. How far can Muslim humour go about their faith? How does it compare to the way other religions and cultures laugh at themselves ? And what subjects - if any - are off-limits?

Producer: Mohini Patel.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2008.

Sarfraz Manzoor explores where and when Muslims can laugh at themselves and their faith.