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Applying Islamic Principles to Clinical Mental Health Care

Introducing Traditional Islamically Integrated Psychotherapy, 1st Edition

Edited by Hooman Keshavarzi, Fahad Khan, Bilal Ali, Rania Awaad


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This text outlines for the first time a structured articulation of an emerging Islamic orientation to psychotherapy, a framework presented and known as Traditional Islamically Integrated Psychotherapy (TIIP).

TIIP is an integrative model of mental health care that is grounded in the core principles of Islam while drawing upon empirical truths in psychology. The book introduces the basic foundations of TIIP, then delves into the writings of early Islamic scholars to provide a richer understanding of the Islamic intellectual heritage as it pertains to human psychology and mental health. Beyond theory, the book provides readers with practical interventional skills illustrated with case studies as well as techniques drawn inherently from the Islamic tradition. A methodology of case formulation is provided that allows for effective treatment planning and translation into therapeutic application. Throughout its chapters, the book situates TIIP within an Islamic epistemological and ontological framework, providing a discussion of the nature and composition of the human psyche, its drives, health, pathology, mechanisms of psychological change, and principles of healing.

Mental health practitioners who treat Muslim patients, Muslim clinicians, students of the behavioral sciences and related disciplines, and anyone with an interest in spiritually oriented psychotherapies will greatly benefit from this illustrative and practical text.


"This book fills a tremendous void in the literature, wherein it provides both a structured theoretical explication of an Islamic Psychotherapy as well as practical guidelines and concrete interventions for clinical practice. It uniquely combines faith and science, creating an integrative bridge for mental health providers in providing therapy within an Islamic spiritual context." —Harold G. Koenig, Duke University Medical Center, USA

"This is a fascinating and impressive book—theologically, philosophically, and theoretically. The book also contains many helpful insights for the practice of Islamic spiritually integrated psychotherapy. It makes an outstanding contribution to the growing literature about the role of religion and spirituality in mainstream psychology and psychotherapy. I enthusiastically recommend it." —P. Scott Richards, Brigham Young University, USA

Table of Contents

Part 1: Foundations of Traditional Islamically Integrated Psychotherapy (TIIP)

1. Foundations of Traditional Islamically Integrated Psychotherapy (TIIP)

Hooman Keshavarzi and Bilal Ali

2. The Role of the TIIP Therapist: Scope of Practice and Proposed Competencies

Fahad Khan, Hooman Keshavarzi and Abdallah Rothman

Part 2: Introducing the Islamic Intellectual Heritage

3. Islamic Psychology: A Portrait of its Historical Origins and Contributions

Rania Awaad, Danah Elsayed, Sara Ali and Aneeqa Abid

4. Framing the Mind-Body Problem in Contemporary Neuroscientific and Sunni Islamic Theological Discourse

Faisal Qazi, Donald Fette, Syed S. Jafri and Aasim Padela

Part 3: Case Formulation and Assessment

5. An Illustration of Traditional Islamically Integrated Psychotherapy (TIIP)

Fahad Khan

6. Dreams and Their Role in Islamically Integrated Mental Health Practice

Khalid Elzamzamy and Mohamed Omar Salem

Part 4: Treatment of the Domains of the Human Psyche

7. Emotionally Oriented Psychotherapy

Hooman Keshavarzi and Sara Keshavarzi

8. The Use of the Intellect (aql) as a Cognitive Restructuring Tool in an Islamic Psychotherapy

Asim Yusuf and Heba Elhaddad

9. Behavioral (Nafsani) Psychotherapy: Character Reformation and Refinement

Hooman Keshavarzi and Rami Nsour

10. Spiritually (Ruhani) Focused Psychotherapy

Hooman Keshavarzi, Asim Yusuf, Paul Kaplick, Tameem Ahmadi and Amin Loucif

About the Editors

Hooman Keshavarzi is currently an assistant professor at Ibn Haldun University (Istanbul, Turkey), adjunct faculty at Hartford Seminary, a fellow of the International Association of Islamic Psychology and the Executive Director and Founder of Khalil Center.

Fahad Khan is a faculty member at Concordia University Chicago and College of DuPage, a fellow of the International Association of Islamic Psychology, and serves as an editor for the Journal of Muslim Mental Health.

Bilal Ali is a religious consultant and president of the Board of Directors at Khalil Center and the liaison for the Department of Hadith and academic advisor at Darul Qasim.

Rania Awaad is a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine and the director of the Muslim Mental Health Lab and Wellness Program and co-director of the Diversity Clinic. She is also the regional director of Khalil Center Bay Area.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Clinical Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health