CIRRIE is pleased to host on its website four partially annotated bibliographies. These unique bibliographies, compiled by M. Miles of the United Kingdom, contain nearly 2,500 citations that may be difficult for researchers and practitioners to locate elsewhere. They provide a gateway to material that offers insight into the cultural and historical origins of disability concepts in the countries of the Middle East and southern Africa.
In its mission to disseminate international disability and rehabilitation information, CIRRIE considers it highly appropriate to include on its website not only modern, scientific knowledge through its database of research, but also knowledge from historical, cultural and religious sources. These bibliographies provide us with a unique window on earlier knowledge seeking and knowledge creation within non Western cultures. Researchers and practitioners working in the Middle East or southern Africa, and those working in other countries with persons of Middle Eastern or African origin, may find this a useful starting point in understanding the origins of disability belief and knowledge in these regions. Hopefully they will assist us in blending modern scientific knowledge with cultural patterns that are often poorly understood in the Anglophone west.
- Disability in the Middle East (Revised edition, 2008)
- Disability and Social Responses in Some Southern African Nations
- Disability and Social Responses in Afghanistan and Pakistan
- Disability & Deafness in North East Africa
- Buddhism and responses to disability, mental disorders and deafness in Asia (NEW)
Other bibliographies on disability compiled by M. Miles (non-CIRRIE sites)
- Disability and Deafness in East Asia: Social and Educational Responses, From Antiquity to Recent Times
- Disability and Deafness, in the context of Religion, Spirituality, Belief and Morality, in Middle Eastern, South Asian and East Asian Histories and Cultures
- Sign, Gesture and Deafness in South Asian and South-West Asian Histories: a bibliography with annotation and excerpts from India; also from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burma / Myanmar, Iraq, Nepal, Pakistan, Persia / Iran, and Sri Lanka
- Signs of Development in Deaf South & South-West Asia: histories, cultural identities, resistance to cultural imperialism. (revised, extended and updated)
- Deaf People Living and Communicating in African Histories, c. 960s – 1960s.
- Blind People Handling Their Own Fate
- Social Responses to Disability & Poverty in Economically Weaker Countries. Research, Trends, Critique, and Lessons Usually Not Learnt. Annotated bibliography of modern and historical material.