“Five monarchs will survive the onslaught of political modernization”

Perhaps it is [the] overwhelming attachment to tradition that gave rise to the old Lebanese saying: “Five monarchs will survive the onslaught of political modernization in the world: the king of hearts, the king of spades, the king of diamonds, the king of clubs, and the king of England.”

“Living in Great Britain,” in “An Invitation to Laughter: A Lebanese Anthropologist in the Arab World,” by Fuad Khuri, 2007

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