Introduction

Medical Anthropology of the Middle East?

in Anthropology of the Middle East
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  • 1 Shahid Beheshti University soheilairan@gmail.com
  • 2 Jackson State University mohammad.shahbazi@jsums.edu

In a region in which everyday life is under different kinds of threat, issues related to health are of prime importance. Preserving life, which is the least human right to be respected, is the last resort, yet it seems human life is an insignificant matter. For example, in everyday discourse in Tehran, we o en hear, “Human life doesn’t count.” Within this local world view the opposite can also be observed: an obsessive preoccupation with aesthetic aspects of the human body (see AME, vol. 1, no. 1). In between lies all that can be studied by medical anthropologists.

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