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Hospitals and the Development of Modern Medicine in Iran from the Early Nineteenth Century until the Beginning of the Second World War. (360G-Wellcome-081478_Z_06_A)

This project proposes to explore the development of modern medicine in Iran from the early nineteenth century until the beginning of the Second World War, testing the hypothesis that social and political evolution throughout this period constituted the driving force in the emergence of modern medicine. The three major factors involved in this evolution were: the military, the Constitutional Revolution (1906-11), and the religious establishment. In the nineteenth century, military modernisation provided the major impetus for medical modernisation. In the twentieth century, however, other socio-political factors became prominent in this process: the Constitutional Revolution went hand in hand with the growth of civil society and of nationalism. At this period, medical modernisation responded to the growing consciousness about bodily and environmental health. Under Reza Shah (1925- 41), nationalism became the ideological force behind centralisation of power and medical modernisation responded both to the centralisation of power and increasing demand for social welfare. It was within the framework of these socio-political developments that waqf (charitable endowments) were increasingly donated for hospital construction and maintenance, while they had mostly been reserved for religious purposes during the nineteenth century.


31 Aug 2007

Grant details
Amount Awarded 14308
Applicant Surname Ebrahimnejad
Approval Committee Medical History and Humanities Funding Committee
Award Date 2007-08-31T00:00:00+00:00
Financial Year 2006/07
Grant Programme: Title University Award in H&SS
Internal ID 081478/Z/06/A
Lead Applicant Dr Hormoz Ebrahimnejad
Planned Dates: End Date 2015-08-31T00:00:00+00:00
Planned Dates: Start Date 2007-07-01T00:00:00+00:00
Recipient Org: Country United Kingdom
Region South East
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