Gendered Struggles over the Medical Profession in the Modern Middle East and North Africa

Liat Kozma, Nicole Khayat

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Historians of the professionalization of medicine in colonized regions, including the Middle East, have mostly focused on male practitioners, whereas histories of women in the medical professions are mostly centered in Western societies. The present issue examines histories of female medical practitioners by looking at case studies spanning the twentieth century from Algeria, Palestine, Israel, Iran, and Iraq. The introduction to this issue offers an overview of existing scholarship and charts sources and directions for future research and historical actors yet to be studied. The articles examine microlevel contact zones, in which women’s agency shaped and was shaped by colonial and postcolonial encounters, decolonization, and the formation of national professions. They reveal tensions within the medical sphere, between men and women, foreign and local, colonizer and colonized.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Middle East Women's Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2022

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  • Colonialism
  • History of medicine
  • Postcolonial
  • Professions
  • Women


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