The body has been always an object of imagination, literature, science, philosophy and religion. It is the object of health and disease, birth and death, reward and punishment, science, philosophy and religion, and is the vehicle of both the divine and the profane. It is at the center of debates on sexuality, gender identities, race and politics. In this course, we will look at how scientific and religious views on the body and on sexuality developed and changed in the Middle East throughout the medieval period and early modern period and how they influenced and were influenced by the religious doctrines, the medical theories, the Islamic law and the intellectual environment of the Islamic Middle Ages. The course will address these different views and perceptions as manifested in the religious, philosophical, legal, scientific and literary production of the period. Note: Consult instructor for art of ministry requirement. Course has additional hour to be arranged.
Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as History of Science 108
Mon Wed 11am-12pm
Course location to be announced.
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