Power, Marginality, and the Body in Medieval Islam - Variorum Collected Studies (Hardback)Fedwa Malti-Douglas (author)
Hardback 314 Pages / Published: 28/12/2001
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From rulers to uninvited guests, from women to thieves, from dreams to names, from blindness to torture - in a series of ground-breaking studies, Power, Marginality, and the Body in Medieval Islam explores the multi-layered and complex textual universe of medieval Islam. The power of the ruler sits alongside the power of the trickster, as games of detection and verbal erudition are displayed for the edification of the reader. Humour is not lacking either as male and female characters indulge in various forms of wit that redefine and recast the sacred. For much of this world, the body reigns supreme: not only in illness and miracle cures but in displays of transgression and torture. Covering the range of literature from sacred text to history, biography and anecdote, this book provides a stimulating analysis of the world of medieval Islamic mentalites.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 314
Weight: 588 g
Dimensions: 224 x 150 mm
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