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FY 2015/2016 Research Topic: C-10
Reproductive Medicine and the Family in the Middle East


Because of the stigma attached to infertility and the limited availability of adoption under the influence of Islam, there has been strong demand for the use of reproductive medicine in Middle Eastern Muslim societies. While the use of reproductive technologies is said to affect family relations, it is at the same time limited by the idea of family, political interests and individual desire within the relevant societies. This project aims first to outline the institutionalization and practices surrounding reproductive medicine, and second to comprehend the cultural, political and religious issues related to the use of reproductive medicine and the family based on ethnological fieldwork in Egypt, Iran and Turkey.


April 2015 - March 2017

Members of the Research Project
[ Organizer ] MURAKAMI Kaoru
[ Co-researchers ] HOSOYA Sachiko (Research Fellow, School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, Toho University)
[ Co-researchers ] TORIYAMA Junko (JSPS Research Fellow, J.F.Oberlin University)
[ Co-researchers ] OKADO Masaki (Lecturer, Sophia University)
[ Co-researchers ] GOTO Emi (Assistant Professor, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, University of Tokyo)