Humanitarian Muhajireen and the Medical Experience in the Islamic State

Lecture Theatre 2 / G17, Strathcona Building
Social Sciences
Monday 28th January 2019 (14:30-16:00)
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Speaker:             Dr Sophie Roborgh, Research Associate at the University of Manchester

Abstract: This paper looks at both the retainment and recruitment of health workers by the Islamic State. It discusses how health workers who were not IS supporters experienced the arrival (or takeover) of IS forces in their communities and in their clinics. It also looks at how the Islamic State tried to encourage health workers to migrate, based on a connection between medical engagement and politico-religious ideology. It positions this discussion within an analysis of the broader development of the medical system under IS.

Bio: Dr Sophie Roborgh is currently conducting a fellowship on Medical Humanitarianism at the University of Manchester.  Her most recent work looks at the development of  emergency medical systems in Syria’s non-government controlled areas and in Eastern Ukraine.  Dr Roborgh’s previous work looked at the development of medical activism and the medical response on Tahrir Square in Egypt.