Modern Insights into the Policies affecting Public Health in the Islamic Caliphate (622CE – 1258CE)

Khalil, Basem A. (2016) Modern Insights into the Policies affecting Public Health in the Islamic Caliphate (622CE – 1258CE). PhD thesis, University of Gloucestershire.

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Background/aim: In the Western world, the emergence of historical research on the effects of the social determinants of health has provided the discipline of public health with new insight into this aspect of population health complementing the more traditional focus on the history of medicine. The Islamic Caliphate was a dominant power in its time and little is known about its public health history. This thesis aims to provide a chronologically historical account of the policies taken in this period and analyse them in the light of modern theories of public health. Materials and Methods: This thesis employed a qualitative research technique. Known primary and secondary historical sources were examined and data translated and presented in a chronological order. Modern historical sources analysing the historical accounts of that era were also used. Policies affecting health were retrieved and analysed using modern day research into the same policies. Results: The analysis has resulted in a revisionist argument that policies affecting public health in a positive way did exist in a sophisticated manner in the Islamic Caliphate albeit in an inconsistent manner. The study complements the works of medical historians who identified a “Golden Age” in the later era of the Caliphate with advancements in medical science with a potential “Golden Age” in the early era related to the social determinants of health. Conclusion: This thesis provides for the first time a chronological study of policies affecting public health in an era of public health history that has not been studied before. In addition it provides for the first time a modern analysis of these policies.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Thesis Advisors:
Thesis AdvisorEmailURL
El Ansari,
Uncontrolled Keywords: Islamic Caliphate; Public health
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Applied Sciences
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2018 10:59
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 09:09

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