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Power, Marginality, and the Body in Medieval Islam

1st Edition

By Fedwa Malti-Douglas


314 pages

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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 mentalités.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Islamic biography; Controversy and its effects in the biographical tradition of al-Khatîb al-Baghdâdî; The interrelationship of onomastic elements: isms, dîn-names, and kunyas in the 9th-century A.H.; Pour une rhétorique onomastique: les noms des aveugles chez as-Safadî; Dreams, the blind, and the semiotics of the biographical notice; Mentalités and marginality: blindness and Mamlûk civilization; The classical Arabic detective; Texts and tortures: the reign of al-Mu`tadid and the construction of historical meaning; Classical Arabic crime narratives: thieves and thievery in Adab literature; Yûsuf ibn `Abd al-Hâdî and his autograph of the Wuqû` al-Balâ' bil-Bukhl wal-Bukhalâ; Structure and organization in a monographic Adab work: al-Tatfîl of al-Khatîb al-Baghdâdî; Maqâmât and Adab: al-Maqâma al-Madîriyya of al-Hamadhânî; Playing with the sacred: religious intertext in Adab discourse; Index.

About the Author

Fedwa Malti-Douglas is College Professor and The Martha C. Kraft Professor of Humanities at Indiana University, Bloomington, where she is also Adjunct Professor of Law in the School of Law. She is the author of numerous scholarly books and the winner of the 1997 Kuwait Prize for Arts and Letters. Her recent work, THE STARR REPORT DISROBED (Columbia University Press, 2000), was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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