May 2, 2024

the publisher and translator Youssef Al-Samaan has passed away

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The intellectual and publisher, Dr. Youssef Al-Samaan, passed away on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, at the age of 54, after battling an illness.

Al-Samaan enriched the cultural life with numerous contributions and presented works that enrich the literary scene. Additionally, he translated many articles. He is also credited for his contributions to the establishment of Jadawel Publishing and Distribution house with Muhammed Al-Saif in 2010.

Al-Samaan held the Canadian Fellowship in Psychiatry and was a recipient of the fellowship from the The American National Standards Institute – ANSI. He served as a psychiatric consultant at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center.

On its Facebook account, Jadawel Publishing and Distribution house expresses its profound grief over the passing of its co-founder, publisher, and translator, Dr. Youssef Al-Samaan, who has greatly enriched Arab culture. He peacefully departed after a long struggle with illness. We pray that Allah grants him His mercy and rewards him generously for his contributions to Arab culture. To Allah we belong, and to Him we shall return.

Youssef Al-Samaan was a Saudi publisher, one of the founders of Jadawel Publishing and Distribution house. He also served as the editor-in-chief of “HIKMAH” magazine, an electronic publication dedicated to translating articles in culture and philosophy. He held fellowships from The American National Standards Institute – ANSI and the Canadian Fellowship in Psychiatry.

He has received several awards and translated a number of psychological works from English, including notable titles such as “The Madness of Crowds: The Revelation of the Connection Between Leadership and Mental Illness” and “On Sickness and in Power: On the Hubris Syndrome and the Illnesses of State Leaders in the Past 100 Years,” authored by David Owen. These were published by Jadawel Publishing and Distribution in 2017.

In 2017, Jadawel Publishing and Distribution released “The Cultural Foundations of Political Psychological Analysis” by Paul Roazen (translated in collaboration with Sara Al-Luhaidan) and “Freud and His Followers” by Paul Roazen.

Youssef Al-Samaan was awarded the Young Scientists Award by the World Congress of Schizophrenia and the European Congress of Schizophrenia, as well as the Young Scientists Award from the Canadian Psychiatric Association and the American Society of Biological Psychiatry.



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