A group for scholars from all disciplines who work on the history of medicine, disease, public health, and healing practices in the Middle East and North Africa (including Iran, Israel and its antecedents, Turkey and its antecedents, and the Arabic-speaking countries, including the Maghreb). Our goal is to bring historians of medicine and science, social historians, cultural historians, and political historians whose work touches on public health, disease, and medicine into conversation with one another. We also want to bring historians who work on different parts of the Middle East and North Africa together to identify transnational trends and highlight issues that span the borders of modern nation-states.

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    Joelle M. Abi-Rached. “Psychiatry in the Middle East: the Rebirth of Lunatic Asylums?BJPsych International 18, no. 1 (2021): 5–8. doi:10.1192/bji.2020.22.

    This article briefly assesses the historical trajectory of psychiatric institutions in the Middle East. It underlines a key observation: the persistence and expansion of psychiatric institutionalisation, specifically in the Arab world. In contrast to the deinstitutionalisation that eventually closed large psychiatric hospitals in the 1960s and 1970s, notably in Europe and North America, psychiatric hospitals have continued to grow in size in the Arab world. This absence of deinstitutionalisation marks a major departure from how psychiatry developed in the West, which is worth reflecting on if we are to understand the current crumbling infrastructure of in-patient psychiatric facilities in the Arab region.

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