Power, Marginality, and the Body in Medieval Islam

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Pub. Date: 2001-10-28
Publisher(s): Routledge
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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 mentalit├ęs.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments ix
Islamic Biography
Dictionary of the Middle Ages, ed. Joseph R. Strayer. New York, 1983, pp. 237--239
Controversy and Its Effects in the Biographical Tradition of al-Khatib al-Baghdadi
Studia Islamica XLVI. Paris, 1977
The Interrelationship of Onomastic Elements: Isms, Din-Names, and Kunyas in the Ninth-Century A.H.
Cahiers d'Onomastique Arabe II. Paris, 1981
Pour une rhetorique onomastique: les noms des aveugles chez as-Safadi
Cahiers d'Onomastique Arabe I. Paris, 1979
Dreams, the Blind, and the Semiotics of the Biographical Notice
Studia Islamica LI. Paris, 1980
Mentalites and Marginality: Blindness and Mamluk Civilization
The Islamic World from Classical to Modern Times: Essays in Honor of Bernard Lewis, ed. C. E. Bosworth, Charles Issawi, Roger Savory, and A. L. Udovitch. Princeton, 1989
The Classical Arabic Detective
Arabica: Revue d'Etudes Arabes XXXV. Leiden, 1988
Texts and Tortures: The Reign of al-Mutadid and the Construction of Historical Meaning
Arabica: Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies, special issue on ``Vers de nouvelles lectures de la litterature arabe'' XLVI. Leiden, 1999
Classical Arabic Crime Narratives: Thieves and Thievery in Adab Literature
Journal of Arabic Literature XIX. Leiden, 1988
Yusuf ibn Abd al-Hadi and His Autograph of the Wuqu al-Bala' bil-Bukhl wal-Bukhala'
Bulletin d'Etudes Orientales XXXI. Damascus, 1979
Structure and Organization in a Monographic Adab Work: al-Tatfil of al-Khatib al-Baghdadi
Arabic and Islamic Studies in Honor of Nabia Abbott, special volume of the Journal of Near Eastern Studies 40. Chicago, 1981
Maqamat and Adab: ``al-Maqama al-Madiriyya'' of al-Hamadhani
Journal of the American Oriental Society, 105. Winona Lake, 1985
Playing with the Sacred: Religious Intertext in Adab Discourse
Humanism, Culture, and Language in the Near East: Studies in Honor of George Krotkoff, ed. Asma Afsaruddin and A. H. Mathias Zahniser. Winona Lake, 1997
Index 1

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