The Body in Translation – Translation, the Human body and Early Modern Demarcations of Knowledge

This project examines how different kinds of human bodies were constituted through translation in medical, ethnographic and religious discourses in the early modern global world. The project aims to historicize present notions of translation by analysing a test case at the interstices of nature and culture. It examines how different kinds of human bodies were constituted through translation in medical,

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Writing Human Rights and Getting It Wrong

Boston Review

Alex de Waal Boston Review: June 06, 2016 http://bostonreview.net/world/alex-de-waal-writing-human-rights The power to accuse someone of a grave crime on the basis of hearsay is a heady one. I have done it, and I faced the consequences of being wrong. Twenty years ago in the Nuba Mountains of central Sudan, I met a man, Chief Hussein Karbus, whose murder I had

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Arabic and Latin Glossary

Glossary

The Arabic and Latin Glossary is a dictionary of the vocabulary of the Arabic–Latin translations of the Middle Ages. It unites the entries of all existing Arabic–Latin glossaries in modern editions of medieval works. The Glossary has a double aim: to improve our understanding of the Arabic influence in Europe, especially with respect to scientific vocabulary, and to provide a

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Democracy Emerges from the Spaces In Between

David Graeber There Never Was a West Or, Democracy Emerges From the Spaces In Between Part I: On the Incoherence Of the Notion of the “Western Tradition” Parenthetical Note: On the Slipperiness of the Western Eye World-Systems Reconfigured Part II: Democracy Was Not Invented Part III: On the Emergence of the “Democratic Ideal” Part IV: Recuperation The “Influence Debate” Traditions

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Arabic and Persian Medical Books and Manuscripts

Manuscript image

This digitized collection of selected volumes of medical books and manuscripts, dating from 1300 to 1921, is drawn from the Medical Historical Library, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library.  This collection reflects the Arabic and Persian intellectual efforts that translated, augmented, and transmitted Greek and Roman medical knowledge to Western societies during the Renaissance.  It includes iconic works by authors such as Avicenna and

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