Review of Infants, Parents and Wet Nurses: Medieval Islamic Views on Breastfeeding and Their Social Implications cations by Avner Giladi

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Breastfeeding, a practice that at first may seem so mundane as to be hardly worth comment, proves quite the opposite in this study. In fact, breastfeeding was so important a practice as to have provoked extensive discussion in the medical and legal literature of Islam. In presenting this material, Giladi provides a fascinating window on a neglected historical field that should be useful to those interested in Qur'anic exegesis, Islamic law, history of medicine, Islamic social history and history of family.

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© 2003 American Oriental Society