The Hakimat (women physicians) in 19th Century Egypt

Professor Nancy Gallagher will present as part of the lecture series on Health, Healing and Islam Across the Muslim World.

Thursday, November 13, 2003
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
room 10383 (10th floor)
Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Women in Egypt entered the modern medical and public health arena at a relatively early date when compared with women elsewhere. In the early nineteenth-century women gained access to Western-style medical education and graduates became "hakimat" or women physicians with military rank.  Scholars have varied widely in their evaluations of the hakimat.  The paper will survey the various evaluations and conclude with a discussion of how the hakimat should be written into the history of medicine, women, and gender in Egypt.


Nancy Gallagher is Chair, Middle East Studies Program and a Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Her publications include Medicine and Power in Tunisia, 1780-1900 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1983); Egypt's Other Wars: Epidemics and the Politics of Public Health, (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1990, American University in Cairo Press, 1993); Femmes, Cultures, et Sociétés au Maghreb, 2 vols, coedited with Rahma Bourqia and Mounira Charrad (Casablanca: Afrique Orient, 1996); Approaches to the History of the Middle East: Interviews with Leading Historians (Reading: Ithaca Press, 1994; paperback edition, 1996); "The International Campaign against Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan," Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs, 5, 2 (Fall/Winter, 2000-1); "Learning Lessons from the Algerian War of Independence," Middle East Report, 225 (Winter 2002).



The event is free. Parking is available for $7 in Lot 3.

Cost : free and open to the public

James S. Coleman African Studies Center

Sponsor(s): African Studies Center, Center for Near Eastern Studies