Mohammed Abouelleil Rashed

Philosophy & Psychiatry










Madness and the Demand for Recognition: A Philosophical Inquiry into Identity and Mental Health Activism.

Oxford University Press (2019).















Journal Articles


In Defence of Madness: The Problem of Disability.

Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 44(2), 150-174, 2019.

Selected among Oxford University Press Best of 2018 philosophy articles














More Things in Heaven and Earth: Spirit Possession, Mental Disorder and Intentionality.

Journal of Medical Humanities, 2018.


The Identity of Psychiatry in the Aftermath of Mad Activism.

Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. Special issue: The Crisis in Psychiatric Science (submitted).


Debate: The Concept of Culture has Outlived its Usefulness for Psychiatry.

BJPsych Bulletin 42: 72-76 (with N Poole, R Bingham, A Sanati, and CW van Staden), 2018.


A Critical Perspective on Second-Order Empathy in Understanding Psychopathology: Phenomenology & Ethics.

Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 36: 97-116, 2015.


From Powerlessness to Control: Psychosis, Spirit Possession and Recovery in the Western Desert of Egypt.

Health, Culture, and Society, 2015.


Can Psychiatry Distinguish Social Deviance from Mental Disorder?

Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology 21(3): 243-255  (with R Bingham), 2014.


Beyond Dysfunction: Distress and the Distinction Between Deviance and Disorder.

Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology 21(3): 267-271 (with R Bingham), 2014.


Culture, Salience and Psychiatric Diagnosis: Exploring the Concept of Cultural Congruence and its Application.

Philosophy, Ethics and Humanities in Medicine 8(5), 2013.


Talking Past Each Other: Conceptual Confusion in ‘Culture’ and ‘Psychopathology’.

South African Journal of Psychiatry 19(1): 12-15, 2013.


Psychiatric Judgements across Cultural Contexts: Relativist, Clinical-Ethnographic, and Universalist-Scientific Perspectives.

Journal of Medicine  and Philosophy 38(2): 128-148, 2013.


The Egyptian Revolution: A Participant’s Account from Tahrir Square.

Anthropology Today 27(2): 22-27, 2011. This article was translated into Spanish:


Revolución en Egipto: Un Relato de su Génesis.

Envio 352(Julio), 2011.


Religious Experience and Psychiatry: Analysis of the Conflict and Proposal for a Way Forward.

Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology 17(3): 185-204, 2010.


Cross-Cultural Relevance of the Third Revolution in Psychiatry.

Dialogues in Philosophy, Mental and Neuro-Sciences 3(1): 21-22, 2010.


Conflicting Values and Disparate Epistemologies: The Ethical Necessity of Engagement.

Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology 17(3): 213-217, 2010.



Book Chapters


Depression and Culture: The Ethics of Primary Prevention of Depression, Focusing on the Dakhla Oasis of Egypt (with R Bingham)

Mental Health as Public Health: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Ethics of Prevention. Eds. K Cratsley and J Radden, Elsevier, 2019.


Islamic Perspectives on Psychiatric Ethics.

Oxford Handbook of Psychiatric Ethics. Eds. J Sadler, B Fulford, CW van Staden. Oxford University Press, 2015.


Culture and Mental Health (with R du Plessis and CW van Staden).

Psychology: Themes and Variations. Ed. J Hassim. Cengage Publishing, 2015.


Media & Other Writing


Mad Pride and the End of Mental Illness. Oxford University Press Blog, 2019.


Conflict in the Psychiatric Encounter. Institute of Advanced Studies Think Pieces 'Turbluence', University College London, 2019.


Research Focus on 'Madness and the Demand for Recognition'. Birkbeck Annual Research Review, 2019.



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