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Amulets, Fortune-Telling, and Magic: Arab States (excepting North Africa)
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Arab Middle Eastern women use amulets, fortune telling, and magic to prevent, inflict, diagnose, and cure spiritual, bodily, and social malaise. Women's usage, principally directed to reproductive, maternal, and child health issues, reputedly far exceeds that of men. This may reflect women's role as primary caregivers, combined with their historically limited religious education and restricted means of control, relative to men. While rural, uneducated women appear more intensively invested in th…

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Zirbel, Katherine, “Amulets, Fortune-Telling, and Magic: Arab States (excepting North Africa)”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 05 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0157a>
First published online: 2009

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