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Vient de paraître : Amster, Ellen, Medicine and the Saints : Science, Islam, and the Colonial Encounter in Morocco, 1877-1956, University of Texas Press, 2013

Vient de paraître : Amster, Ellen, Medicine and the Saints : Science, Islam, and the Colonial Encounter in Morocco, 1877-1956, Austin, University of Texas Press, 2013.

320 pages, $60.00 hardcover, ISBN-10 : 0292745443,ISBN-13 : 978-0292745445

Exploring the colonial encounter between France and Morocco as a process of embodiment, and the Muslim body as the place of resistance to the state, this book provides the first history of medicine, health, disease, and the welfare state in Morocco. Because the body politic and the physical body are intimately linked, French efforts to colonize Morocco took place in and through the body. Starting from this original premise, this book traces a history of colonial embodiment through a series of medical encounters between the Islamic Sultanate of Morocco and the Republic of France, 1877 to 1956 : international espionage and a doctor’s murder, disease and revolt in Moroccan cities, a battle for authority between doctors and Muslim midwives, and the search for national identity in the welfare state. Each chapter addresses a different theoretical problem in the history of science and thus draws upon a range of historical, anthropological, and religious studies methodologies. Drawing on a wealth of primary sources in French and Arabic, Amster investigates the positivist ambitions of French colonial doctors, sociologists, and historians ; a social history of the transformations occasioned by medical interventions ; and the ways in which Moroccan nationalists, midwives, and ordinary patients have appropriated a French model of modernity to invent the independent nation-state. This research reveals how Moroccans have ingested and digested French science and use it to create a modern polity and to understand disease and health. In the colonial encounter, the Muslim body has become the seat of subjectivity, the place from which individuals contest and redefine the political.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction. Colonial Embodiments
  • Chapter 1. Healing the Body, Healing the Umma : Sufi Saints and God’s Law in a Corporeal City of Virtue
  • Chapter 2. Medicine and the Mission Civilisatrice : A Civilizing Science and the French Sociology of Islam in Algeria and Morocco, 1830–1912
  • Chapter 3. The Many Deaths of Dr. Émile Mauchamp : Contested Sovereignties and
    Body Politics at the Court of the Sultans, 1877–1912
  • Chapter 4. Frédéric Le Play in Morocco ? The Paradoxes of French Hygiene and Colonial Association in the Moroccan City, 1912–1937
  • Chapter 5. Harem Medicine and the Sleeping Child : Law, Traditional Pharmacology, and the Gender of Medical Authority
  • Chapter 6. A Midwife to Modernity : The Biopolitics of Colonial Welfare and Birthing a Scientific Moroccan Nation, 1936-1956
  • Epilogue. Epistemologies Embodied : Islam, France, and the Postcolonial

Dr. Ellen Amster, Associate Professor, Co-Coordinator, Certificate of Middle East and North African Studies Department of History, Holton Hall 326

UWM faculty page :

Medicine and the Saints at UT Press :
Maternal and Infant Health in Morocco : www.maternalandinfanthealth.wordpre...

Affiliated Faculty, Global Health Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Mailing address : Department of History, UW-Milwaukee, PO Box 413, Milwaukee WI 53201

Phone : 414-229-4749

Page créée le mardi 27 août 2013, par Dominique Taurisson-Mouret.

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