Health and Ritual in Morocco

Conceptions of the Body and Healing Practices


In Health and Ritual in Morocco, Josep Lluis Mateo Dieste analyzes the many notions of the body that appear in various Moroccan medical and religious systems. Viewing these issues from anthropological and historical perspectives to the development of Islamic medicine in Morocco, this study highlights the elements of power that define these representations and practices. Mateo Dieste shows that most of the healing rituals challenge the strict division between physical and mental afflictions. Health and Ritual in Morocco provides a valuable structure for understanding Moroccan conceptions of the person, rites of passage, gender differences, and reproductive practices. It offers insights into the weight of the notions of impurity and purification of the body in the daily life of the contemporary Moroccan population.

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Josep Lluís Mateo Dieste, Ph.D. (2002), European University Institute (Florence), is Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He has published numerous books and articles on Morocco, including La “hermandad” hispano-marroquí (Edicions Bellaterra, 2003).   
"... a solid contribution to literature on the anthropology of health and the body in Morocco."
"The book is thoroughly researched and well referenced."
Rachel Newcomb in IJMES 46.3 (2014), p. 615-616.
1. Notions of the Person
2. Purity and Impurity: What Enters and Leaves the Body
3. The Body of the Rite: Gender and Social Ages
4. Plural Notions of Illness and Treatment
5. Among the jnun: Possessions, Magic and Psychosomatic Affflictions
6. Sexuality and Reproduction
Anyone interested in cultural and social anthropology, medical anthropology, or culture and religion in contemporary Muslim and Middle Eastern studies, as well as in migration and health studies.
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