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FY 2016/2017 Research Topic: C-14
Reproductive Medicine and the Family in the Middle East


Because of the stigma attached to infertility and the limited practice of adoption under the influence of Islam, there have been strong demands for the use of reproductive medicine in Middle Eastern Muslim societies. While the use of reproductive technologies is supposed to affect family relations, it is at the same time limited by the idea of family, political interests and individual desire in the relevant societies. This project aims, first, to outline the institutionalization and practices of reproductive medicine, and, second, to comprehend the cultural, political and religious issues related to the use of reproductive medicine and 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 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, J. F. Oberlin University)
[ Co-researchers ] OKADO Masaki (Part-time Lecturer, Sophia University)
[ Co-researchers ] GOTO Emi (Associate Professor, Network for Education and Research on Asia, Institute for Advanced studies on Asia, the University of Tokyo)
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