9780710307583

Book Of Women

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  • ISBN13:

    9780710307583

  • ISBN10:

    0710307586

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 2005-06-30
  • Publisher: Taylor and Fran

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Summary

The first part of this book presents a translation into English of the Hebrew compilation Sefer Abavat Nashim, the Book of Woman's Love, compiled in the late Middle Ages and preserved in a single copy of the work from Catalonia-Provence. Its contents are concerned with magic, sexuality, cosmetics and gynecology -- areas of knowledge essentially, though not exclusively, related to women. The second part is a historical study of Jewish women's lives and experiences during the late Middle Ages in the Mediterranean West. The object is to restore value to feminine knowledge and practices that were significant then and remain so today. The author focuses on the relation between women and medicine, and examines both women's knowledge and knowledge of science and scientific knowledge about women. This pioneering work makes a valuable contribution to the history of Jewish knowledge and Jewish women during the Middle Ages, and also makes a substantial contribution to the history of medicine.

Table of Contents

Preface 1(2)
Acknowledgements 3(4)
Part One: The Book in its context
Chapter 1: Composition and characteristics of the Book 7(42)
1.1. Cultural activity in the Jewish communities of southern Europe and the production of medical literature on the female body
10(5)
1.2. Linguistic analysis
15(8)
1.3. Sources
23(17)
1.3.1. Sources of Graeco-Latin origin
25(7)
1.3.2. Sources of Arab origin
32(2)
1.3.3. Sources of Hebrew origin
34(4)
1.3.4. Unidentified sources
38(2)
1.4. The genre and intended audience of the Book of Women's Love
40(9)
Chapter 2: Contents of the Book 49(52)
2.1. Magic and kabbalah in the Book of Women's Love: the written reflection of a living practice.
49(14)
2.1.1. Magic is a living practice
50(2)
2.1.2. The more women the more witchcraft
52(3)
2.1.3. Kabbalah and magic practices in the Book
55(8)
2.2. Sexuality and eroticism in the Book
63(8)
2.2.1. Treatises dedicated to (hetero)sexuality and the Book of Women's Love
69(2)
2.3. The care of women's health and beauty: cosmetics and gynaecology
71(30)
2.3.1. The adornment and decoration of female bodies
72(8)
2.3.1.1. The texts on cosmetics and the Book of Women's Love
76(4)
2.3.2. Women's diseases: gynaecology and obstetrics
80(21)
2.3.2.1. The Hebrew corpus on women's healthcare
83(8)
2.3.2.2. Women's health and the diseases of genital organs in the Book of Women's Love
91(10)
Part Two: Edition and translation The manuscript 101(114)
On the edition and translation
102(3)
Abbreviations and SIGLA
105(3)
Hebrew text and English translation
108(71)
Commentary
179(36)
Glossary of materia medica and technical terms
English - Hebrew
215(34)
Hebrew - English
249(34)
Sources and Bibliography
Unpublished sources
283(1)
Published sources
283(5)
Bibliography
288(19)
Index of names, places and topics 307

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