Making the irrelevant relevant: The case of the invisibles with disabilities in the middle east

Najma Al Zidjaly*

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The international discourse on disability and resulting laws have remained largely irrelevant and, to some extent, untranslatable to the lives of the millions of people with disabilities in the Middle East. Centralising the agency of people with disabilities has been recognised as key to propelling forward the agenda of critical disability studies, as has engaging in dialogue with non-Western cultures. People with visual disability, in particular, have at all times been a part and parcel of traditional Omani society - that is, they were never excluded but rather celebrated. Highlighting the Arabic culture and context also is crucial to disability studies, as it provides a challenge to the “universal” discourse of disability movements. Centralisation and a lack of services therefore unnecessarily compound the experience of living with disability in the Middle East. The chapter argues the inclusion of the Middle East and it’s roughly estimated 45 million Arabs with disabilities in the international discourse on disability.

اللغة الأصليةEnglish
عنوان منشور المضيفInterdisciplinary Approaches to Disability
العنوان الفرعي لمنشور المضيفLooking Towards the Future: Volume 2
ناشرTaylor and Francis
عدد الصفحات12
رقم المعيار الدولي للكتب (الإلكتروني)9781351053211
رقم المعيار الدولي للكتب (المطبوع)9781138484016
المعرِّفات الرقمية للأشياء
حالة النشرPublished - ديسمبر 12 2018

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