Interview with Dr. Sherif Arafa: Using humour in the face of Arab politics


  • Sherif Arafa


positive psychology, humour, culture, Arab, political cartoons


In this volume of the Middle East Journal of Positive Psychology, we explore the views, hopes, and current research agendas of those working to advance knowledge in the field of positive psychology within the MENA region, or who research aspects of culture and religion relevant to it. We uncover their thoughts on the current status of knowledge as well as what opportunities and pitfalls exist in the field. Here, we discuss with Dr. Sherif Arafa, political cartoonist and MAPP graduate, his thoughts on the role of humour in individual and social wellbeing, as well as the need for more humour research in the region.

Author Biography

Sherif Arafa

Dr. Sherif Arafa is an editorial cartoonist, self-development author and public speaker. Dr. Arafa holds an MBA in Human Resources, an MS degree in Applied Positive Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree in Oral and Dental Medicine. His books and cartoons focus on increasing wellbeing awareness, fostering open-mindedness, tolerance and opposing extremism. Arafa has published six books, with his last entitled, “Updated Human إنسان بعد التحديث” becoming a number one bestseller according to Al-Ahram Newspaper.


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How to Cite

Arafa, S. (2017). Interview with Dr. Sherif Arafa: Using humour in the face of Arab politics. Middle East Journal of Positive Psychology, 3(1), 16–23. Retrieved from



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