Mohammed Abouelleil Rashed

Philosophy & Psychiatry

Selection of Reviews & Mentions

Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy article on Mental Disorder by Jennifer Radden

Review on the BMJ Medical Humanities Blog by Kai Syng Tan

Review at the Journal Disability and Society by Alise de Bie

News item on the website of Birkbeck College

Review at the Journal Psychosis by Alison Faulkner

Review on the Newsletter of the Royal College of Psychiatry (Summer 2019)

Review at the Journal Sozial Psychiatrische Informationen by Lukas Iwer

Review at the  British Journal of Psychiatry  by Duncan Double

Review at EnraHonar by Raquel Formoso

Journal Articles


The Identity of Psychiatry and the Challenge of Mad Activism: Rethinking the Clinical Encounter.

Journal of Medicine and Philosophy , 2020.


The Critique of Psychiatry as We Enter the Third Decade of the 21st Century.

BJPsych Bulletin, 2020.


Mental disorder and Social Deviance.

International Review of Psychiatry (with Awais Aftab), 2020.


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 41: 363-378, 2018.


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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