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Science: Medicalization and the Female Body: Overview
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This entry explores the emergence of scientific discourses on women and gender in Islamic cultures in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries through the transformation of the notion of science from “useful arts” to modern forms of scientific knowledge and practices.

Biological reproduction and female illnesses

The medicalization of childbearing in Islamic cultures throughout the nineteenth century il…

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El Shakry, Omnia, “Science: Medicalization and the Female Body: Overview”, 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_0195>
First published online: 2009

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