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Disability Studies in the Middle East and North Africa: A Field Emerges

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1 A classic example is the absence of ramps for a wheelchair user, which turns a motor impairment into a disability.

2 For an overview of the field and its history, see Goodley, Dan, Disability Studies: An Interdisciplinary Introduction, 2nd ed. (Thousand Oaks, Calif.: SAGE, 2017); and Davis, Lennard J., ed., The Disability Studies Reader, 5th ed. (New York: Routledge, 2017).

3 Website of the United Nations, Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, Preamble, accessed 10 October 2018, It is worth noting that the United States is one of the few countries that has not yet ratified the CRPD.

4 See, for example, Grech, Shaun, “Decolonising Eurocentric Disability Studies: Why Colonialism Matters in the Disability and Global South Debate,” Social Identities 21 (2015): 621; Erevelles, Nirmala, Disability and Difference in Global Contexts: Enabling a Transformative Body Politic (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), 121–46; and Meekosha, Helen, “Decolonising Disability: Thinking and Acting Globally,” Disability & Society 26 (2001): 667–82.

5 I have opted mostly for person-first language in this article, but it bears pointing out that there is no consensus in the US disabled community on the preferability of person-first language (“person with a disability”) over identity-first language (“disabled person”).

6 Baynton, Douglas, “Disability and the Justification of Inequality in American History,” in The New Disability History: American Perspectives, ed. Longmore, Paul K. and Umansky, Lauri (New York: New York University Press, 2001), 33.

7 Ibid., 52.

8 Disability in the Ottoman Arab World, 1500–1800 was published by Cambridge University Press in 2014. The article is Miles, M., “Signing in the Seraglio: Mutes, Dwarfs and Jestures at the Ottoman Court, 1500–1700,” Disability & Society 15 (2000): 115–34.

9 See Ghaly, Mohammed, Islam and Disability: Perspectives in Theology and Jurisprudence (New York: Routledge, 2010).

10 Cleall, Esme, “Orientalising Deafness: Disability and Race in Imperial Britain, c. 19th,” Social Identities 21 (2015): 2236; Verstraete, Pieter, Verhaegen, Evelyne, and Depaepe, Marc, “One Difference Is Enough: Towards a History of Disability in the Belgian-Congo, 1908–1960,” in The Routledge History of Disability, ed. Hanes, Roy, Brown, Ivan, and Hansen, Nancy E. (New York: Routledge, 2018), 231–42. On Algeria, see Brégain, Gildas, “Colonialism and Disability: The Situation of Blind People in Colonised Algeria,” ALTER, European Journal of Disability Research 10 (2016): 148–67.

11 For Iran, see Kashani-Sabet's, FiroozehThe Haves and the Have Nots: A Historical Study of Disability in Modern Iran,” Iranian Studies 43 (2010): 167–95.

12 Puar, Jasbir K., The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability (Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2017).

Disability Studies in the Middle East and North Africa: A Field Emerges

  • Sara Scalenghe (a1)


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