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Medical Anthropology Quarterly

Islamic Clinics in Egypt: The Cultural Elaboration of Biomedical Hegemony

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Abstract

This article examines the provision of health care by Islamic voluntary organizations in Egypt. It links the development of Islamic clinics to national, regional, and international political-economic transformations of the past decade. The Islamization of medicine is revealed as a particular manifestation of the worldwide spread of biomedicine and not as a revival of earlier Islamic medical traditions. Far from representing an alternative health care strategy that challenges state authority, Islamist medicine is considered as a vehicle for power sharing.

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