Difference and Disability in the Medieval Islamic World: Blighted Bodies by Kristina RichardsonDifference and Disability in the Medieval Islamic World: Blighted Bodies by Kristina Richardson

Difference and Disability in the Medieval Islamic World: Blighted Bodies

byKristina Richardson

Paperback | September 25, 2014

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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 particularvision 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 anddifference in the medieval Islamic world are brought to life.
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 fur Arabistik und Islamwissenschaft, University of Munster, Germany.
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Title:Difference and Disability in the Medieval Islamic World: Blighted BodiesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:168 pages, 8.9 × 6.1 × 0.31 inPublished:September 25, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0748695885

ISBN - 13:9780748695881

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"Richardson has written an original and highly learned first book that reveals much about the cultural construction of difference and disability and about scholarly friendships and communities that shaped that culture." --H-Disability, H-Net Reviews