August 14, 2004

Maysaa Bazna on Islam and Disability

Maysaa Bazna, Ed. D. has kindly given me permission to publish his post from the Disability Studies listserve. It answers some questions I have had about the understanding of disability in Islam:

Popular notions or current practices towards people with disabilities in Muslim countries is an issue that has been undertaken in many studies (to which I will be more than happy to direct you). However, it seems to me that the interest here is in what the religion of Islam says about disability. If this is true, then you might find the following helpful:

1) Tarek Hatab and I have recently written an paper in which we explore the
Islamic position and attitude towards disability. By examining the primary
sources of Islamic teaching--the Qurâ€(an and Hadith--we find that the concept of disability, in the conventional sense, does not exist in the Qurâ€an.
Rather, the Qurâ€an concentrates on the notion of disadvantage that is created by society and imposed on individuals who might not possess the social,
economic, or physical attributes that people happen to value at a certain time and place.

2) Musse, who is an Imam currently residing in Australia, has written a
short article titled "Disability: An Islamic insight", which is available on the web
( ). According to Musse, physical conditions are viewed in the Qurâ€an as neither a curse nor a blessing; they are simply part of the human condition.

3) Saloua Ali Benzahra wrote a whole chapter in her dissertation (titled
"Representations of the disabled in Arab/Islamic culture and literature from
North Africa and the Middle East" 2003?) on disability in the Qurâ€an. This dissertation is also available on line.

4) Finally, at least 2 papers were presented at a conference on disability
and Islam in Sudan in 2001 that address the position of Islam towards disability:

The first is titled, "Rights of the disabled in the Islamic sharia" by A. M. Alamin, and the second is "Features of the psychological treatment for the disabled in the Quran and Sunna" byA.Q. A. Fadini. Abstracts of these papers were published at the Saudi Journal of Disability and Rehabilitation (SJDR). Mohammad H. Al-Turaiki, is the SJDR Editor-in-Chief.

His e-mail address is _ ( .

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