Title

Defending the guarded domain: epidemics and the emergence of an international sanitary policy in Iran

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1999

Journal

Comparative studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East

Volume

19

Issue

1

Inclusive Pages

122-136

DOI

10.1215/1089201X-19-1-122

Abstract

Inquiry regarding the advent of modernity within the framework of Islamic communities of the Middle East, and most notably vis-a-vis their encounter with the West, has been a significant source of academic reflection.’ Iranian historiography has not been immune to this movement, and accordingly the past several decades have spawned a number of works examining the milestones and the emerging institutions that have ultimately shaped the socio-political landscape of contemporary Iran. Notwithstanding this scrutiny, the role of illness and the evolution of a modern public health policy have scarcely evoked a footnote in the expanding theme of Iranian modernity. This dearth is particularly remarkable in view of the fact that the process, which ultimately led to the institutionalization of public health infrastructures in 19th century Iran, was intimately linked to Iran’s newfound diplomatic engagements with European governments.

Peer Reviewed

1

Open Access

1

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