Anthony Bourdain in the Middle East/Muslim Contexts

Anthony Bourdain was a a gracious and insightful observer of people everywhere. As a digital scholarship initiative focusing on Islamic studies, we are leaving our comfort zone slightly to pay tribute to Anthony Bourdain. We created this page to highlight his experiences and writings on the Middle East and Muslim contexts, a region and peoples often misrepresented in the broader media and society.

If there are other pages and sources that should be included, please comment on our Twitter (@themaydan) or Facebook  pages or send an email to maydan.journals@gmail.com or info@themaydan.com.

 

Tributes for Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain’s Notes from the Middle East and Muslim World

News, Interviews, and Blogs

Bourdain on Kissinger

Videos

 

 

Anthony Bourdain showed the Middle East I know and love

Anthony Bourdain showed the Middle East I know and love

The Washington Post

Rania Abouzeid, an Australian-Lebanese journalist, writes of Bourdain’s open-mindedness and acceptance of different cultures and countries, including Beirut, Lebanon.
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How Anthony Bourdain Helped Humanize the Muslim Community

How Anthony Bourdain Helped Humanize the Muslim Community

Variety

According to Sue Obeidi of the Muslim Public Affairs Council’s Hollywood Bureau, Anthony Bourdain’s travels programs provided an unfiltered, genuine glimpse into the lives and communities of people in “the shadows,” including Muslim peoples, a much appreciated contrast to common media portrayals.
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How Lebanon Transformed Anthony Bourdain

How Lebanon Transformed Anthony Bourdain

The Atlantic

Anthony Bourdain had been in Lebanon in 2006 the moment violence broke out yet remained in the region and continued shooting for his documentary piece. He returned after his first experience in Beirut, learning a new way to make conversation and explore culture.
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Middle East remembers celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain

Middle East remembers celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain

Alaraby

The people of Lebanon, Libya, Syria, and Palestine grieve over the death of Anthony Bourdain.
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Anthony Bourdain shone a different light on the Middle East

Anthony Bourdain shone a different light on the Middle East

CNN

CNN covers Anthony Bourdain’s work around the world, highlighting some of his most memorable visits in the Middle East.
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What Anthony Bourdain meant to his fans in the Middle East

What Anthony Bourdain meant to his fans in the Middle East

The National

Tributes from around the world came pouring in after the news of Anthony Bourdain’s death spread. Fans from Palestine also expressed their gratitude and grief for Bourdain.
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Tributes pour in for celebrity chef and writer Anthony Bourdain

Tributes pour in for celebrity chef and writer Anthony Bourdain

Al Jazeera

Fans of Anthony Bourdain express their gratitude toward Bourdain for his compassionate work and outlook on different cultures and regions that are often overlooked and misunderstood.
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Brash, Swashbuckling, and Humane—Remembering Anthony Bourdain

Brash, Swashbuckling, and Humane—Remembering Anthony Bourdain

Mother Jones

“And that brings me to the second reason I loved Bourdain’s work: He used the enormous reach and cachet he amassed to stick up for the marginalized and poke the eyes of celebrated goons—from Batali to former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.”
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Bourdain’s field notes: Beirut

Bourdain’s field notes: Beirut

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Bourdain’s field notes: Oman

Bourdain’s field notes: Oman

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Bourdain’s field notes: Iran

Bourdain’s field notes: Iran

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Bourdain’s field notes: Istanbul

Bourdain’s field notes: Istanbul

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Bourdain’s field notes: Tanzania

Bourdain’s field notes: Tanzania

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Bourdain’s field notes: Senegal

Bourdain’s field notes: Senegal

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Bourdain’s field notes: Punjab

Bourdain’s field notes: Punjab

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Anthony Bourdain Reveals the City You Should Visit Right Now

Anthony Bourdain Reveals the City You Should Visit Right Now

The Thrillist

Bourdain says that people around the world should visit Beirut for its delicious food and unique culture.
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Parts Unknown's Punjab Episode: Just the One-Liners

Parts Unknown's Punjab Episode: Just the One-Liners

Eater

Anthony Bourdain visited Punjab and appreciated not only the flavorful food, but also the culture and landscapes.
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Anthony Bourdain explains the Israel-Palestine conflict through food

Anthony Bourdain explains the Israel-Palestine conflict through food

The Washington Post

Anthony Bourdain explores and shares the complex conflict between Palestine and Israel through food, knowing that his take on this situation would bring in criticism no matter what he says.
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Anthony Bourdain: The Post-Election Interview

Anthony Bourdain: The Post-Election Interview

Eater

Bourdain shares his thoughts on Trump’s America and the continuation of being fearful of the Other.
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What Anthony Bourdain Didn’t Eat in Israel

What Anthony Bourdain Didn’t Eat in Israel

Haaretz

Journalist Liz Steinberg provides a list of restaurants that Anthony Bourdain could have visited in an episode nearly devoid of food.
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Anthony Bourdain Really, Really Hated Henry Kissinger

Anthony Bourdain Really, Really Hated Henry Kissinger

Slate

In his book, Anthony Bourdain wrote his personal opinions on Henry Kissinger, stating that Kissinger should not be treated with any respect.
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Bourdain in Beirut during 2006 deadly attacks

Anthony Bourdain details hashish in Morocco (Parts Unknown)

Israel: Anthony Bourdain has traditional Palestinian meal (Parts Unknown, Jerusalem)

Parts Unknown Oman Trailer

Anthony Bourdain No Reservations S04E13 Saudia Arabia