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Disability in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

Sacred Texts, Historical Traditions, and Social Analysis

Authors: Schumm, Darla, Stoltzfus, Michael J.

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This edited collection of essays examines how religions of the world represent, understand, theologize, theorize and respond to disability and chronic illness. Contributors employ a variety of methodological approaches including ethnography, historical, cultural, or textual analysis, personal narrative, and theological/philosophical investigation.

About the authors

Author Darla Schumm: Darla Schumm is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Hollins University Author Michael J. Stoltzfus: Michael J. Stoltzfus is a Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Valdosta State University

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"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


Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Reading Talmudic Bodies: Disability, Narrative, and the Gaze in Rabbinic Judaism

    Belser, Julia Watts

    Pages 5-27

  • What the Rabbis Heard: Deafness in the Mishnah

    Gracer, Bonnie L.

    Pages 29-42

  • Leprosy in Early Islam

    Long, Matthew L.

    Pages 43-61

  • Vitiliginous (Sk)Inscriptions: Historical Religious Interpretations of Involuntarily Whitening Skin

    Sierra, Elizabeth R.

    Pages 63-75

  • Out of the Darkness: Examining the Rhetoric of Blindness in the Gospel of John

    Koosed, Jennifer L. (et al.)

    Pages 77-92

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Disability in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Book Subtitle
Sacred Texts, Historical Traditions, and Social Analysis
Authors
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Darla Schumm and Michael Stoltzfus
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-33949-1
DOI
10.1057/9780230339491
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-11972-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-29830-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 246
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