The Moral Discourse of Health in Modern Cairo

The Moral Discourse of Health in Modern Cairo : Persons, Bodies, and Organs

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In The Moral Discourse of Health in Modern Cairo: Persons, Bodies, and Organs, Mohammed Tabishat uses anthropological descriptive methods and discourse analytic perspectives to focus on health care practices in a holistic fashion aimed at preserving and improving life in contemporary Cairo. Tabishat employs therapeutic data as a complex index mirroring the existing relations of power and the various ways they are involved in maintaining and challenging the social more

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  • Hardback | 202 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 10.16mm | 294.83g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 5 black & white illustrations, 7 tables
  • 0739179799
  • 9780739179796

About Mohammed Tabishat

Mohammed Tabishat is assistant professor of socio-cultural anthropology at The American University in Cairo. His work explores how health care systems constitute indexes for social structure and cultural change. He has conducted fieldwork in Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and more

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Mohammed Tabishat has made a valuable contribution to our understanding of the everyday health problems of the poorer classes in Cairo. Most interesting is his account of the Islamic concept of al-nafs that people employ to address-as a single field of dis-ease-what biomedicine identifies as either 'physical' or 'psychological' illness and as its social, political, and economic causes. Strongly recommended. -- Talal Asad, Emeritus Distinguished Professor, Graduate Center of the City University of New York A rich ethnographic account of illness and health in contemporary Cairo. Written with great insight and sensitivity, Tabishat examines how the vocabularies of sickness and well-being reflect an evolving fusion of Islamic concepts of moral and physical health with the perspectives and practices of modern bio-medicine. His work provides a poignant reminder that the health of the body is as much a moral and political-economic condition as it is a physical and physiological one. A major contribution to the medical anthropology of the Middle East. -- Charles Hirschkind, University of California, Berkeleyshow more

Table of contents

List of tables and figures Acknowledgments Introduction: Society in Medicine and Health Chapter One: Health of "Modern" Life: Examples from self-guides Chapter Two: Family Life, Health, and Illness in Bulaq Abul'ela Chapter Three:'Iddaght: Biomedicine for Social Critique Chapter Four: Society in Life and Death Chapter Five: Ethnography as Cultural Critique Index About the Authorshow more