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Joelle M. Abi-Rached

Joelle M. Abi-Rached is a medical historian and a medical doctor. She is currently an invited researcher at the École normale supérieure (as part of the “Chaire Moyen-Orient Mediterranée”) and at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (Centre Alexandre Koyré). She is coauthor of Neuro: The New Brain Sciences and the Management of the Mind (Princeton University Press, 2013) and author of the forthcoming book  ʿAṣfūriyyeh: A History of Madness, Modernity and War in the Middle East (MIT Press, 2020).


In the wake of the devastating explosion, civil society has shown the way forward—filling the void of a nonexistent and incapacitated state.

Joelle M. Abi-Rached