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A Collection of Ramadan Science

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by Stephen Drew, AIR staff

Here is a collection of scientific research related to Ramadan.

A Pair of Reports

"The first-of-Ramadan Headache," A. Awada and M. al Jumah, Headache, vol. 39, no. 7, July-August 1999, pp. 490-3.

"Irritability During the Month of Ramadan," N. Kadri, et al., Psychosomatic Medicine, vol. 62, no. 2, March-April 2000, pp. 280-5. The authors summarizetheir work thusly:

OBJECTIVES: We hypothesized that people in Morocco are more irritable during the month of Ramadan than during the rest of the year. Our objectives were to measure irritability in fasting Muslims during the month of Ramadan, to describe its various modes of expression, and to examine risk factors for this irritability....
RESULTS: Irritability was significantly higher in smokers than in nonsmokers before the beginning of Ramadan. It was higher in both groups during the Ramadan month. Irritability increased continuously during Ramadan and reached its peak at the end of the month.... Smokers and nonsmokers had a similar pattern of irritability over time, but irritability increased more in smokers than in nonsmokers.

A Journal for Specialists

Perhaps the best source of scientific research related to Ramadan, or at least to one aspect of Ramadan, is the International Journal of Ramadan Fasting Research, the web site for which can be found at

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