1st Edition

Developing a Model of Islamic Psychology and Psychotherapy
Islamic Theology and Contemporary Understandings of Psychology

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ISBN 9780367611507
July 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
232 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

USD $160.00

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Book Description

At a time when there is increasing need to offer psychotherapeutic approaches which accommodate clients’ religious and spiritual beliefs, and acknowledge the potential for healing and growth offered by religious frameworks, this book explores psychology from an Islamic paradigm and demonstrates how Islamic understandings of human nature, the self, and the soul can inform an Islamic psychotherapy.

Drawing on a qualitative, grounded theory analysis of interviews with Islamic scholars and clinicians, this unique volume distils complex religious concepts to reconcile Islamic theology with contemporary notions of psychology. Chapters offer nuanced explanations of relevant Islamic tradition and theological sources, consider how this relates to Western notions of psychotherapy and common misconceptions, and draw uniquely on first-hand data to develop a new theory of Islamic psychology. This in turn, informs an innovative and empirically driven model of practice which translates Islamic understandings of human psychology into a clinical framework for Islamic psychotherapy.

An outstanding scholarly contribution to the modern and emerging discipline of Islamic psychology, this book makes a pioneering contribution to the integration of the Islamic sciences and clinical mental health practice. It will be a key resource for scholars, researchers, and practicing clinicians with an interest in Islamic psychology and Muslim mental health, as well as religion, spirituality and psychology more broadly.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Islam and Psychology: The Development of a New Field

Reflection 1: A Journey of the Soul, a Journey to Islam

Chapter 3: Methodology

Reflection 2: A Believer and a Scholar

Chapter 4: An Islamic Model of the Soul: Theoretical Foundations for Islamic Psychology and Psychotherapy

Reflection 3: In the field: A Finite Pool of Clinicians and a Sea of Reluctant Scholars

Chapter 5: The Nature and Structure of the Soul: Therapeutic Conceptualisations in Islamic Psychotherapy

Reflection 4: The Analytic Process: A Symphony of Voices with One Conductor

Chapter 6: Stages and Development of the Soul: The Clinical Scope of Islamic Psychotherapy

Chapter 7: Reflections Upon a Framework for an Islamic Psychology and Psychotherapy: An Agenda for Research and Practice

Reflection 5: Where I am Now: An unwitting academic in a new world of theoretical possibility

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Abdallah Rothman is Executive Director of the International Association of Islamic Psychology, US and Principal/Professor of Islamic Psychology at Cambridge Muslim College, UK.