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Majnūn: The Madman in Medieval Islamic Society$
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Michael W. Dols

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198202219

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202219.001.0001

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Conclusions

Conclusions

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(p.475) Conclusions
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Majnūn: The Madman in Medieval Islamic Society
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Michael W. Dols

Diana E. Immisch

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202219.003.0017

In dealing with the concept of insanity in medieval Islamic society several subtopics also emerge such as, what constitutes sanity? A major objective of this study has been to place the subject in its historical context and not to present insanity as a disembodied medical, religious, or legal notion. Because of the limitations of the medieval evidence, this goal has not always been fully achieved, but, in general, insanity has been presented as a significant aspect of Islamic social history. Insanity as a medical concept was closely related to the development of Islamic sciences and institutions; religious healing was intimately associated with the growth of Muslim saints; and the madman as holy fool was a vivid expression of the evolution of Muslim religiosity.

Keywords:   insanity, Islamic social history, Muslim saints, religious healing, madness, Middle East, Islamic literature, mystic

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