Volume 20 No 12 (2022)
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Christian Missionaries and Their Medical Undertaking in Princely Kashmir
Nusratuel Islam Itoo&Dr. M.C. Raja
Medical history has piqued the interest of social scientists in the past. The material gathered by our forefathers over centuries of heritage, experiences, and relationships is preserved and made easily accessible to a wider readership thanks to this academic activity. Medical missionaries arrived in Kashmir's valley, introducing modern kinds of medicine, and colonial overlords eventually urged them to do so while reforming and reorganizing state government. The entrance of medical missionaries must be considered in the context of history as a whole. This study seeks to provide a comprehensive account of Kashmir's health situation before the arrival of contemporary medical missionaries, as well as an examination of how English Medical Missionaries altered the health and medical landscape in Kashmir. A feature that has been largely overlooked by the current corpus of Kashmiri study, which has focused on these missionary initiatives in isolation, rather than tying them to what was going on in the Indian subcontinent. Without delving into the deeper currents of history, missionaries have been depicted as people's messiahs in such texts. As a result, this study argues that these medical missions must be understood not just in terms of bigger narratives of Kashmir's socio-economic and political realities, but also in terms of larger themes in Indian history.
Ayurveda, Hakim, Medical missionaries, Colonialism, Health, Unani medicine
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