Issues relating to infant and child mortality are essential to the history of childhood in any given society. Mortality rates and the causes of death reveal some of the environmental, social, and cultural conditions under which children lived in the past. In addition, adult reactions to a child's death mirror to a great extent the prevailing image of living children, including gender differences, as well as parent-child relationships. This chapter is dedicated to two relatively late examples of Arabic writings which initially were compiled by medieval Muslim scholars to help believers cope, on the theological, practical, and emotional levels, with the plague and its tragic consequences. The scholar at the center of this chapter relies heavily on old Arabic sources, mostly from the seventh through the tenth century. Mar?i Ibn Yusuf is, probably, the only scholar born, reared, and educated in Palestine who contributed to these genres. The chapter draws attention to his legacy.
|Title of host publication||Childhood in History|
|Subtitle of host publication||Perceptions of Children in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds|
|Publisher||Taylor and Francis|
|Number of pages||13|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 2017|
Bibliographical notePublisher Copyright:
© 2018 selection and editorial matter, Reidar Aasgaard and Cornelia Horn, with Oana Maria Cojocaru; individual chapters, the contributors.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Arts and Humanities (all)