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Health and Poverty: Ottoman Empire
(1,364 words)

For Dr. Mine Ener

In the seven hundred years of the Ottoman Empire, the health care standard shifted from a decentralized Islamic model based on elite scholarship, autonomous endowed clinics and hospitals, and local traditional practitioners, to one in which state centralization and social regulation played an increasingly important role in the health care options of poor women and their children. The main implications for poor women's health care were not dr…

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Hudson, Leila, “Health and Poverty: Ottoman Empire”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 03 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0174c>
First published online: 2009

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