Physical and spiritual treatment of disability in Islam

Perspectives of early and modern jurists

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Abstract

This study investigates early and modern sources of Islamic law, looking for their viewpoints and attitudes towards treating disabilities. Two main methods of treating disabilities have been traced. The first method, termed in Islamic sources as physical medicine, is based on using medicines and drugs as known within the realms of the science of medicine. The second method, called spiritual medicine, makes use of specific religious deeds or formulae, including, for instance, texts from the Quran and words ascribed to the Prophet of Islam. This study presents a detailed overview of these two methods within Islamic law, the attitudes of Muslim jurists towards these two methods, and, finally, "treatments" developed within each method to prevent the occurrence of disability or to cure it.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-143
Number of pages39
JournalJournal of Religion, Disability and Health
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Consanguineous marriage
  • Disability
  • Holistic medicine
  • Incantation
  • Islam
  • Law
  • Medical ethics
  • Vaccination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Religious studies
  • Law

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