[Originally published on June 11 2018; updated on June 15 2019] 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.
Anthony Bourdain showed the Middle East I know and loveThe Washington Post
Rania Abouzeid, an Australian-Lebanese journalist, writes of Bourdain’s open-mindedness and acceptance of different cultures and countries, including Beirut, Lebanon.
How Anthony Bourdain Helped Humanize the Muslim CommunityVariety
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.
How Lebanon Transformed Anthony BourdainThe 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.
Middle East remembers celebrity chef Anthony BourdainAlaraby
The people of Lebanon, Libya, Syria, and Palestine grieve over the death of Anthony Bourdain.
Anthony Bourdain shone a different light on the Middle EastCNN
CNN covers Anthony Bourdain’s work around the world, highlighting some of his most memorable visits in the Middle East.
What Anthony Bourdain meant to his fans in the Middle EastThe 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.
Tributes pour in for celebrity chef and writer Anthony BourdainAl 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.
Brash, Swashbuckling, and Humane—Remembering Anthony BourdainMother 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.”
Bourdain’s field notes: BeirutExplore Parts Unknown
Bourdain’s field notes: OmanExplore Parts Unknown
Bourdain’s field notes: IranExplore Parts Unknown
Bourdain’s field notes: IstanbulExplore Parts Unknown
Bourdain’s field notes: TanzaniaExplore Parts Unknown
Bourdain’s field notes: SenegalExplore Parts Unknown
Bourdain’s field notes: PunjabExplore Parts Unknown
Anthony Bourdain Reveals the City You Should Visit Right NowThe Thrillist
Bourdain says that people around the world should visit Beirut for its delicious food and unique culture.
Parts Unknown's Punjab Episode: Just the One-LinersEater
Anthony Bourdain visited Punjab and appreciated not only the flavorful food, but also the culture and landscapes.
Anthony Bourdain explains the Israel-Palestine conflict through foodThe 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.
Anthony Bourdain: The Post-Election InterviewEater
Bourdain shares his thoughts on Trump’s America and the continuation of being fearful of the Other.
What Anthony Bourdain Didn’t Eat in IsraelHaaretz
Journalist Liz Steinberg provides a list of restaurants that Anthony Bourdain could have visited in an episode nearly devoid of food.
Anthony Bourdain Really, Really Hated Henry KissingerSlate
In his book, Anthony Bourdain wrote his personal opinions on Henry Kissinger, stating that Kissinger should not be treated with any respect.