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Title: Physiognomy: a Forgotten Chapter of Disability in Islam
Subtitle: The Discussions of Muslim Jurists
Author(s): GHALY, Mohammed M.
Journal: Bibliotheca Orientalis
Volume: 66 Issue: 3-4 Date: 2009
Youssef Mourad (1902-1966), ‘Abd al-Karîm ‘Adî (1917-1985), Robert Hoyland and Antonella Ghersetti are the four main modern researchers who made laudable efforts in studying physiognomy as a topic in Arabic and Islamic literature. Recently Simon Swain also edited an insightful study on Polemon’s Physiognomy from classical antiquity to Medieval Islam. Beyond the cursory references in the aforementioned works, studies combining between physiognomy on one hand and the image of people with disabilities in juristic circles on the other hand are, to my knowledge, nonexistent. This study is a bid to open up this new dimension.