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Edinburgh University Press

Difference and Disability in the Medieval Islamic World: Blighted Bodies

Difference and Disability in the Medieval Islamic World: Blighted Bodies

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Did you know that blue eyes, baldness, bad breath and boils were all considered bodily 'blights' by Medieval Arabs, 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 anecdotes, personal letters, (auto)biographies, erotic poetry, non-binding legal opinions, diaristic chronicles and theological tracts, the cultural views and experiences of disability and difference in the medieval Islamic world are brought to life.



Author: Kristina Richardson
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Published: 08/15/2014
Pages: 168
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.55lbs
Size: 9.00h x 6.10w x 0.40d
ISBN: 9780748695881

About the Author

Kristina L. Richardson is an Assistant Professor of History at Queens College, City University of New York, and has held postdoctoral fellowships at the Universities of Münster and Bonn in Germany.


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