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Suriname under Dutch rule, 1750– 1950

Explaining how leprosy was considered in various historical settings by referring to categories of uncleanliness in antiquity, is problematic. The book historicizes how leprosy has been framed and addressed. It investigates the history of leprosy in Suriname, a plantation society where the vast majority of the population consisted of imported slaves from Africa. The relationship between the modern stigmatization and exclusion of people affected with leprosy, and the political tensions and racial fears originating in colonial slave society, exerting their influence until after the decolonization up to the present day. The book explores leprosy management on the black side of the medical market in the age of slavery as contrasted with the white side. The difference in perspectives on leprosy between African slaves and European masters contributed to the development of the 'Great Confinement' policies, and leprosy sufferers were sent to the Batavia leprosy asylum. Dutch debates about leprosy took place when the threat of a 'return' of leprosy to the Netherlands appeared to materialise. A symbiotic alliance for leprosy care that had formed between the colonial state and the Catholics earlier in the nineteenth century was renegotiated within the transforming landscape of Surinamese society to incorporate Protestants as well. By 1935, Dutch colonial medicine had dammed the growing danger of leprosy by using the modern policies of detection and treatment. Dutch doctors and public health officials tried to come to grips with the Afro-Surinamese belief in treef and its influence on the execution of public health policies.

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Stephen Snelders

Leprosy and colonialism Explaining how leprosy was considered in various historical settings by referring to categories of uncleanliness in antiquity, however, is problematic. Rather than taking a cue from a philosophical position on the wholeness of human nature and leprosy’s abhorrent threat to this wholeness, in Leprosy and Colonialism I historicize how leprosy has been framed and addressed. Here leprosy is considered as a phenomenon shaped by time and place, and in particular by its relationship with colonialism. Since the end of the nineteenth century, leprosy has

in Leprosy and colonialism
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The ‘Carolingian moment’
Paul Fouracre

poor. Quite apart from seeming to put women and dogs in the same category (the category ofunclean’?), the complaint suggests that tithes were being appropriated for use on lordly estates, for that is where female weavers were to be found, and dogs are closely associated with the nobles’ love of hunting. Finally, legislation of 853 suggests that instability had made things worse: after recent neglect and disturbance, churches were to be surveyed and the loss of lights and ornaments to be recorded. 81 Church councils in this period shared the same concerns over

in Eternal light and earthly concerns