Kristina Richardson head shotKristina Richardson
Assistant Professor
Department of History

My current projects include an edition of a fragment of a Syrian silk weaver’s diary from Aleppo that dates to 998-999 AH (the first Hijri year in the Islamic calendar)/1589-1590 CE. I am also writing a history of Gypsies in the medieval Middle East. My first book, Difference and Disability in the Medieval Islamic World: Blighted Bodies (Edinburgh, 2012), investigated a generational chain of six male Sunni scholars, linked by the social bonds of friendship and academic mentorship in Cairo, Damascus and Mecca, who produced writings about bodies marked by ‘blights’ (ʿāhāt, in Arabic) – a category that included individuals who were cognitively and physically different, disabled or ill.

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