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Mental Health: Arab States
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Mental health (Arabic, al-siḥḥa al-nafsiyya) is a social construct whose meaning varies across the scientific, social, and religious communities in the Arab countries. A gendered understanding of mental health is, however, in its very beginnings.

Concepts of mental health

Within Western scientific discourse, mental health is commonly understood as a subjective sense of well-being that is linked to co…

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Salem-Pickartz, Josi Agnes, “Mental Health: Arab States”, 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_0184b>
First published online: 2009

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