Parution : K. Richardson, « Difference and Disability in the Medieval Islamic World », Edinburgh University Press

Difference and Disability in the Medieval Islamic World: Blighted Bodies

Kristina Richardson

Did you know that blue eyes, baldness, bad breath and boils were all considered bodily ‘blights’, as were cross eyes, lameness and deafness? What assumptions about bodies influenced this particular vision of physical difference? How did blighted people view their own bodies? Through close analyses of miniature paintings, personal letters, (auto)biographies, travel narratives, erotic poetry, religious polemics, diaristic chronicles and theological tracts, you will learn about cultural views and lived experiences of disability and difference.

Chapter 1: ‘Ahat in Islamic Thought
Chapter 2: Literary Networks in Mamluk Cairo
Chapter 3: Recollecting and Reconfiguring Afflicted Literary Bodies
Chapter 4: Transgressive Bodies, Transgressive Hadith
Chapter 5: Public Insults and Undoing Shame: Censoring the Blighted Body »

August, 2012
Cloth, 160 pages, 4
ISBN: 978-0-7486-4507-7
Edinburgh University Press
$95.00
 http://cup.columbia.edu/book/978-0-7486-4507-7/difference-and-disability-in-the-medieval-islamic-world

Sterenn Le Maguer-Gillon

Archéologue, titulaire d'un doctorat (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), spécialiste de la péninsule Arabique et des pays du Golfe.

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