A twenty-five-year veteran of field research in Niger and Mali, anthropologist Susan J. Rasmussen examines the female-dominated practice of herbalism in the seminomadic Muslim communities of Tuareg. By earning the trust of nearly twenty medicine women over the course of her fieldwork, Rasmussen is able to provide an in-depth profile of these healers and their beliefs. She draws the reader into this fascinating world of medicine women through interviews, guided conversations, life histories, illustrative case studies, and, most importantly, the words of the healers and their patients.
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Author Biography - Susan J. Rasmussen
Susan J. Rasmussen is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Houston and the author of "The Poetics and Politics of Tuareg Aging, Spirit Possession and Personhood among the Kel Ewey Tuareg, " and "Healing in Community: Medicine, Contested Terrains, and Cultural Encounters among the Tuareg."