This book explores the experiences of Muslims in the United States as they interact with the health care system during serious illness and end-of-life care.
It shifts "actively dying" from a medical phrase used to describe patients who are expected to pass away soon or who exhibit signs of impending death, to a theoretical framework to analyze how end-of-life care, particularly within a hospital, shapes the ways that patients, families, and providers understand Islam and think of themselves as Muslim. Using the dying body as the main object of analysis, the volume shows that religious identities of Muslim patients, loved ones, and caregivers are not only created when living, but also through the physical process of dying and through death.
Based on ethnographic and qualitative research carried out mainly in the Washington, D.C. region, this volume will be of interest to scholars in anthropology, sociology, public health, gerontology, and religious studies.
Table of Contents
Introduction Actively Dying: A Medical Phrase and a Framework for Analyzing End-of-Life Care and Muslim Identities; PART I; 1. Death and Dying within the US Health Care System; 2. Islam and End-of-Life Care: Prevalent Approaches and Beliefs; PART II; 3. Muslim Health Care Providers: The Intersection of Medical Practice and Religion; 4. The Muslim Child: Adult Children Caring for Dying Parents; 5. Death: The Dead Muslim Body and Connections to Identity; Conclusion The Important Case of "a Bus": A Critique and Intervention
Cortney Hughes Rinker is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Director of Global Affairs at George Mason University. She is the author of Islam, Development, and Urban Women’s Reproductive Practices and co-editor of Applied Anthropology: Unexpected Spaces, Topics, and Methods.