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Joking Apart

A: Alan Ayckbourn Pf: 1978, Scarborough Pb: 1979 G: Com. in ...

health

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The Oxford Companion to the Body

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Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Science and technology, Life Sciences
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1,333 words

...while some Christians found value in mortifying the flesh, thereby turning their thoughts to the immortality of the soul. Medieval Islamic culture elaborated the Greek ideal of the healthy, happy aristocrat, and cultivated royal doctors famous for entertaining stories and jokes. It also promoted musicians, all to preserve the health of noble patrons. Medieval scholastic philosophers, rather surprisingly, took up another Islamic pursuit, alchemy. From the thirteenth century the Pope, who ideally ruled for life, patronized Christian alchemists. They argued...

Islam and the body

Islam and the body   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to the Body

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Subject Reference
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2003
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Science and technology, Life Sciences
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3,050 words

...position of women was closely linked to that of sexuality in Islamic society. Intense sensitivities about nakedness and the honour of the individual and the family did not prevent the rise of a lively and often quite open attitude toward sexuality, at least among men. Sexual jokes and anecdotes, hilarious and often quite graphic, appeared in even very respectable literary texts, and sexual poetry was highly developed. Guides and advice manuals on sexual intercourse, many of them illustrated, were popular, and medical compendia routinely contained chapters...

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