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Crossing therapeutic borders: Sickness and Healing in the Somali Diaspora

Research project
Avslutad forskning
Project period
2010 - 2013
Project owner
School of Global Studies

Short description

This project explores health, illness and healing among Somalis in Sweden. The study examines the view on health and illness and the forms of healing that are used today.

Background and research aims

This project explores health, illness, and healing among Somalis in Sweden. The study examines the view on health and illness and the forms of healing that are used today, such as the reading of the Koran, exorcism, and various physical therapies.

Three areas are studied, based on the Somali-Swedes ideas about illness, health, and healing: 

  • therapeutic cooperation between non-Western healers and biomedical personnel, 
  • the Islamization process, 
  • as well as transnational networks.