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A Place for Women Only: Health, Healing and the Divine at an Islamic Shrine in Central Asia (2021)


This article analyses the relationships between traditional healing and biomedical practices found in contemporary Central Asia from the late Soviet period into the early twenty-first century. Gendered demarcation of space, the roles of women as caregivers and protectors of spiritual health in legends and emphasis on life cycle rituals position women at the centre of discussions of healing practices in Central Asia. Through historical and ethnographic work conducted in the Kyrgyz Republic, this article offers a view of women as practitioners and recipients of healing and as producers of knowledge about health and healing.

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Authors & Contributors
Sweet, Helen M.
Dougall, Rona
Canalejo, Carmen González
Madsen, Wendy
Schrempf, Mona
Adams, Vincanne
Dynamis: Acta Hispanica ad Medicinae Scientiarumque Historiam Illustrandam
Health and History
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Historical Records of Australian Science
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Social Studies of Science
Berghahn Books
Stanford University Press
Duke University Press
W. W. Norton & Co.
University of Notre Dame Press
Health care
Women in medicine
Public health
Burnstock, Geoffrey
Time Periods
20th century
21st century
19th century
20th century, late
Great Britain
Almería (Spain)
South Korea
University of London
University of Melbourne
National Institute of Health (U.S.)
Radiation Effects Research Foundation

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