Kristina Richardson


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Professor Kristina Richardson earned her PhD in Near Eastern Studies at the University of Michigan in 2008 and her AB in History from Princeton University in 2003. Her first book, *Difference and Disability in the Medieval Islamic World: Blighted Bodies* (Edinburgh, 2012), investigates 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 and ill. Professor Richardson has also been named a Marie Curie Fellow by the Gerda Henkel Stiftung for the academic years 2012-2014. During this time, she will work in residence at Universität Münster’s Institut für Arabistik und Islamwissenschaft on her second book project, an investigation of the historical significance of blue and green eyes in the Islamic Middle Ages.

Difference and Disability in the Medieval Islamic World: Blighted Bodies (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012), ISBN: 978-0-7486-4507-7. Distributed in North America with Oxford UP  .

Drug Overdose, Disability and Male Friendship in Fifteenth-Century Mamluk Cairo,” postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies 3.2 (2012): pp. 168-81.

“Disability? Perspectives on Bodily Difference from the Middle East,” in Why the Middle Ages Matter: Medieval Light on Modern Injustice, eds. Celia Chazelle, Simon Doubleday, Felice Lifshitz, Amy Remensnyder (New York: Routledge, 2011), pp. 121-9.

“Singing Slave Girls (qiyan) of the Abbasid Court,” in Children in Slavery through the Ages, eds. Joseph Miller, Suzanne Miers, Gwyn Campbell (Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2009), pp. 105-18.


HIST 148: Islamic Civilization, 600-1517

HIST 149: Modern Middle Eastern History

HIST 298: Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Islam

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