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Suicide in the Middle AgesVolume ii: The Curse on Self-Murder$
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Alexander Murray

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198207313

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207313.001.0001

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The Curse in Other Cultures

The Curse in Other Cultures

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(p.532) 16 The Curse in Other Cultures
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Suicide in the Middle Ages
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Alexander Murray

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207313.003.0017

This chapter begins with a second reflection about historical method. It is about an intellectual convention quite as innate as periodisation to historical thoughts, namely the assignment of sources. It is divided into five sections, split into two groups. The first three sections look at custom and belief in societies with no obvious claim to be sources of universal European custom. Considered here are suicide taboos among primitive peoples, attitudes to suicide in ancient and medieval India, and suicide law in medieval Islam. The last two sections examine milieux from which suicide taboos might directly have been transmitted, looking at suicide and the early Germans, and Egypt.

Keywords:   taboos, medieval India, medieval Islam, suicide law, Egypt, early Germans

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