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Majnūn: The Madman in Medieval Islamic Society

Michael W. Dols


This is a study of madness in the medieval Islamic world. Using a wide variety of sources from history, literature, and art, the book explores beliefs about madness in Islamic society and examines attitudes towards individuals afflicted by mental illness or disability. The book demonstrates the links between Christian and Muslim medical beliefs and practices, and traces the influence of certain Christian beliefs, such as miracle working, on Islamic practices. It analyses the notions of the romantic fool, the wise fool, and the holy fool in medieval Islam within the framework of perceptions of ... More

Keywords: medieval Islamic society, historical sources, literary sources, art sources, beliefs about madness, mental illness, disability, Christian medicine, Muslim medicine, miracle working, romantic fool, wise fool, holy fool

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1992 Print ISBN-13: 9780198202219
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202219.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael W. Dols, author