Islam and Healing

Loss and Recovery of an Indo-Muslim Medical Tradition, 1600-1900

Authors: Alavi, S.

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Traces the Islamic healing tradition's interaction with Indian society and politics as these evolved in tandem from 1600 to 1900, and demonstrates how an in-house struggle for hegemony can be as potent as external power in defining medical, social and national modernity. A pioneering work on the social and medical history of Indian Islam.

About the authors

SEEMA ALAVI is Professor at the Department of History and Culture at Jamia Milia Islamia, Central University, New Delhi. She has twice been a Fulbright Fellow as well as a Smuts Fellow at Cambridge University, from where her PhD was revised and published as The Sepoys and the Company: Tradition and Transition in Northern India 1770-1830 (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1995). She has co-authored (with Muzaffar Alam) A European Experience of the Mughal Orient: The Ijaz-I-Arsalani (Persian Letters, 1773–1779) of A.H. Polier (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2001). She has edited The Eighteenth Century in India, Oxford Debates Series (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2002). She has taught at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and been a Visiting Fellow at Harvard. 

Reviews

'...a major contribution to our understanding of colonialism, and indigenous reactions.' Metascience

' The book is very informative [and] what imparts emotion to Alevi's scholarship is her obvious commitment to the fate of this descendant of ancient medicine.' The international Journal of Asian Studies


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Alavi, Seema

    Pages 1-17

  • Indo-Muslim Medicine: Unani in Pre-modern India

    Alavi, Seema

    Pages 18-53

  • Encounter with the West: The English East India Company

    Alavi, Seema

    Pages 54-99

  • The Practice of Medicine: Public Welfare

    Alavi, Seema

    Pages 100-153

  • Dispensaries and Shifakhaanas in Early-Nineteenth-Century India

    Alavi, Seema

    Pages 154-204

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Islam and Healing
Book Subtitle
Loss and Recovery of an Indo-Muslim Medical Tradition, 1600-1900
Authors
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
Distribution Rights
Distribution rights are restricted
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-58377-1
DOI
10.1057/9780230583771
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-55438-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-36391-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 384
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