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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 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.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. p. vi
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  1. List of Figures
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  1. Acknowledgements
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  1. Introduction
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  1. 1.ʿAhāt in Islamic Thought
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  1. 2. Literary Networks in Mamluk Cairo
  2. pp. 36-71
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  1. 3. Recollecting and Reconfiguring Afflicted Literary Bodies
  2. pp. 72-95
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  1. 4. Transgressive Bodies, Transgressive Hadith
  2. pp. 96-109
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  1. 5. Public Insults and Undoing Shame: Censoring the Blighted Body
  2. pp. 110-137
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 138-156
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  1. Index
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