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Hamdard and Unani: The Contested Terrain of Indo-Muslim Medical Knowledge

Hamdard and Unani: The Contested Terrain of Indo-Muslim Medical Knowledge

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Title: Hamdard and Unani: The Contested Terrain of Indo-Muslim Medical Knowledge
Author: Shah, Radha
Abstract: This thesis is a historical anthropological study of the Indian branch of herbal pharmaceutical company Hamdard. I examine Hamdards commercial representation of the Indo-Islamic tradition of medicine called Unani, through a document analysis of a variety of company commissioned literature, including marketing pamphlets, conference proceedings, scientific journal articles, newsprint media, educational materials, and print advertisements. Established in 1906, Hamdard emerged and developed during a period of Indian Muslim cultural modernization, Hindu nationalism, and anti-colonial politicization. I analyze the ways in which Hamdard literature contextualizes a narrative of the companys growth within this history, which sets the backdrop for Unanis professional reform in late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century India. An emergent theme in my textual analysis, which I address throughout my project, is how Hamdardas an Indian Muslim companynegotiates this identity while articulating belonging in India.
Subject: South Asian studies
Keywords: Unani
Hamdard
Indo-Muslim medical knowledge
Muslims in India
Identity
Humoural medicine
Type: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
Rights: Author owns copyright, except where explicitly noted. Please contact the author directly with licensing requests.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/32654
Supervisor: Gururani, Shubhra
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Program: Social Anthropology
Exam date: 2016-04-28
Publish on: 2016-11-25

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