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Health Practices: Central Asia
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Health practices in Central Asia today reflect a history of tensions between Russianized biomedical concepts and local ethnomedical notions of illness and treatment.

Before the Russian conquest medical practitioners in Central Asia consisted of shamans, mullahs, and folk doctors, the first two spiritual or religious and the last empirical healers. The tradition of folk medicine was bolstered by the writings of such scholars as Ibn Sīnā (980–1037), and medical treatises and practices imported from India, Persia, and Ch…

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Harris, Colette, “Health Practices: Central Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 02 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0175a>
First published online: 2009

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