Class Year


Document Type


Honors Designation



Women's Studies

Primary Advisor

Meika Loe

Second Advisor (if necessary)

Noor Khan


I think it is very important to situate the health care system in Morocco through the history of the kingdom in Morocco to understand how I came to experience and understand the 7ashuma culture, and how 7ashuma shapes every aspect of life, especially women’s health in Morocco. The story of women’s segregated health in Morocco starts long before my eight months of living there, and is deeply embedded in its historical and colonial legacy, to shape and govern women’s lives with shame culture. Women’s understanding of health as well as their access to healthcare in Morocco is regulated by the concept of 7ashuma, which creates ideas of taboo and cleansing attributed to religion, though not necessarily that of Islam, and policing of women’s bodies.