Muslim Midwives: The Craft of Birthing in the Premodern Middle East Avner Giladi

ISBN: 9781322521879

Published: December 24th 2014

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Muslim Midwives: The Craft of Birthing in the Premodern Middle East  by  Avner Giladi

Muslim Midwives: The Craft of Birthing in the Premodern Middle East by Avner Giladi
December 24th 2014 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | | ISBN: 9781322521879 | 9.49 Mb

This book reconstructs the role of midwives in medieval to early modern Islamic history through a careful reading of a wide range of classical and medieval Arabic sources. The author casts the midwifes social status in premodern Islam as aMoreThis book reconstructs the role of midwives in medieval to early modern Islamic history through a careful reading of a wide range of classical and medieval Arabic sources.

The author casts the midwifes social status in premodern Islam as a privileged position from which she could mediate between male authority in patriarchal society and female reproductive power within the family. This study also takes a broader historical view of midwifery in the Middle East by examining the tensions between learned medicine (male) and popular, medico-religious practices (female) from early Islam into the Ottoman period and addressing the confrontation between traditional midwifery and Western obstetrics in the first half of the nineteenth century.



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