Medieval Arab notions of physical difference can feel singularly arresting for modern audiences. 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 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.
|Publisher:||Edinburgh University Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Kristina Richardson is an Assistant Professor of History at Queens College, City University of New York, and is Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institut für Arabistik und Islamwissenschaft, University of Münster, Germany.
Table of Contents
1. Physical Blights in Islamic Thought
2. Drug Overdose, Disability and Male Friendship in Fifteenth-Century Mamluk Cairo
3. Recollecting and Reconfiguring Afflicted Male Bodies in Fifteenth-Century Literary Anthologies
4. The Science of Men: Hadith Transmitters and Their Marked Bodies
5. The Blight of Male Baldness in Sixteenth-Century Mecca