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.
|Title of host publication||Interdisciplinary Approaches to Disability|
|Subtitle of host publication||Looking Towards the Future: Volume 2|
|Publisher||Taylor and Francis|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 12 2018|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences(all)