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Reproduction: Health: Ottoman Empire
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Popular practices attending birth and pregnancy in the Arab Ottoman world were by and large carried over from earlier Islamic periods and endured into the national period. They offer insights into local understandings of social as well as biological reproduction. Pregnancy was a liminal period which seems to have conferred increased social power on women as well as increased vulnerability and dependence. The grueling physical process of birth…

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Hudson, Leila, “Reproduction: Health: Ottoman Empire”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 26 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0191d>
First published online: 2009

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