Disability In Judaism, Christianity, And Islam: Sacred Texts, Historical Traditions, And Social Analysis by Darla SchummDisability In Judaism, Christianity, And Islam: Sacred Texts, Historical Traditions, And Social Analysis by Darla Schumm

Disability In Judaism, Christianity, And Islam: Sacred Texts, Historical Traditions, And Social…

byDarla Schumm, Michael J. Stoltzfus

Hardcover | November 30, 2011

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This edited collection of essays critically examines how diverse religions of the world represent, understand, theologize, theorize and respond to disability and/or chronic illness. Contributors employ a wide variety of methodological approaches including ethnography, historical, cultural, or textual analysis, personal narrative, and theological/philosophical investigation.
Darla Schumm is an Associate Professor of Religion at Hollins University. Michael Stoltzfus is a Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Valdosta State University.
Title:Disability In Judaism, Christianity, And Islam: Sacred Texts, Historical Traditions, And Social…Format:HardcoverDimensions:268 pagesPublished:November 30, 2011Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230119727

ISBN - 13:9780230119727


Table of Contents

Part One: Sacred Texts, Historical Traditions and Disability * Reading Talmudic Bodies:  Disability, Narrative, and the Gaze in Rabbinic Judaism--Julia Watts Belser * What the Rabbis Heard:  Deafness in the Mishnah--Bonnie Gracer * Islam and Disability: Broad Outlines--Mohammed Ghaly * Leprosy in Early Islam--Matthew L. Long * Vitiliginous (Sk)Inscriptions:  Historical Religious Interpretations of   Involuntarily Whining Skin--Elizabeth R. Sierra-Zarella * Resurrecting Deformity:  Augustine on Wounded and Scarred Bodies in the Heavenly Realm--Kristi Upson-Saia * PART TWO: Social and Philosophical Perspectives on Religion and Disability * Religious Metaphors as a Justification for Eugenic Control: A Historical Analysis--Gerald V. O’Brian & Autumn Molinari * Catholicism and Disability: Sacred and Profane--Christine James * Disability and the Love of Wisdom: De-forming, Re-forming, and Per-forming Philosophy of Religion--Amos Yong * Beyond Models:  Tentative Daoist Contributions to Disability Studies--Darla Schumm & Michael Stoltzfus

Editorial Reviews

"Darla Schumm and Michael Stoltzfus weave together a volume of essays that cover a wide range of voices, disabilities, and historical periods. Their subtext, in fact, is that religious and cultural attitudes about disability are as complex as they are contextual, which leads one to richness rather than confusion. The authors blend and bridge academic research with examples and questions from real lives and practices - not an easy feat, but one that makes the essays accessible to a wide number of people in different roles within and outside of the academy. The essays are consistently clear and well written. I learned something new in each one, enjoyed them all, and look forward to using them in the interfaith, multicultural arenas in which I work." - Rev. Bill Gaventa, Associate Professor, Pediatrics, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, USA"Michael Stoltzfus and Darla Schuum have made a major contribution to the nascent study of Religion and Disability with their edited volume, Disability in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. This book will spark continuing dialogue among religious practitioners, scholars of religion, and students. The essays are attentive to recent insights from disability studies with close literary work in religious texts." - Sarah Melcher, Associate Professor of Theology, Xavier University, USA "While not sufficient as an introductory text for Christians unfamiliar to disability studies, for Christians who are actively involved in empowerment of persons with disabilities, this volume offers a wide diversity of perspectives that are useful for thinking deeply about how scripture, theology, liturgical language, and attitudes of congregants impact acceptance and access." - Kathy Black, Claremont School of Theology, USA