1st Edition

Evil Eye, Jinn Possession, and Mental Health Issues
An Islamic Perspective

ISBN 9780367489274
Published February 24, 2020 by Routledge
330 Pages

USD $49.95

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Book Description

Evil Eye, Jinn Possession, and Mental Health Issues raises awareness of the cultural considerations, religion and spirituality involved in the assessment of Muslim patients with mental health problems. The belief that Jinn spirits can cause mental illness in humans through affliction or possession is widely accepted among Muslims, meaning this belief is a crucial, but frequently overlooked, aspect of mental health problems with Muslim patients in psychiatric care. This book explores the nature of such beliefs, their relationship to mental health and the reasons for their importance in clinical practice.

The book argues that it is vital to consider mental disorders as a multifactorial affair, in which spiritual, social, psychological and physical factors may all play a role. It suggests differential diagnostic skills may have an important part to play in offering help to those who believe their problems are caused by possession, and provides accessible literature on clinical issues and practice, interventions, management and evidence-based practice to help health workers achieve a better understanding of Muslim beliefs about possession and how to work with patients that hold such beliefs.

Evil Eye, Jinn Possession, and Mental Health Issues is an essential manual for mental health professionals, social workers and psychologists. It should also be of interest to academics and students in the healthcare sciences.

Table of Contents

PART 1 CONTEXT AND BACKGROUND 1. Fundamentals of Islamic Faith 2. Psychosocial Issues within Islamic Communities 3. Culture, Religion and Psychological Health 4. Perception and Somatisation of Mental Health Problems 5. Islamic Bioethics, Law and Mental Health 6. Islamic Perspective on Spiritual and Mental Health PART 1I POSESSION SYNDROME 7. Evil Eye and Envy in Islam 8. Evil Eye: Diagnosis, Symptoms and Protections 9. The World of Jinn 10. Existence and Types of Jinn: Evidence from the Qur’an and Sunnah 11. Dissociative Disorders and Jinn Possession 12. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Islamic Manifestations 13. Typology of Waswâs al-Qahri (Overwhelming whisperings) 14. Magic, Witchcraft and Demonic Possession from an Islamic Perspective 15. Categories and Idiosyncrasies of Magic and Witchcraft PART 111 PREVENTION, THERAPEUTIC AND SPIRITUAL INTERVENTIONS 16. Understanding the Muslim Patient: A Framework for Assessment and Diagnosis 17. Therapeutic Interventions: Spiritual Dimensions 18. Prevention and Protection from Evil Eye, Jinn Possession and Witchcraft 19. Spiritual Interventions with Evil Eye, Jinn Possession and Witchcraft 20. Islamic-based Cognitive Behavioural and Spiritual Interventions with Waswâs al-Qahri (Obsessional Disorder) 21. Spiritual Interventions with Waswâs al-Qahri 22. Islamic Counselling: The Dodo Bird Revival 23. Case Reports of Evil Eye, Jinn Possession and Witchcraft 24. Collaboration with Traditional Healers, Faith Leaders and Mental Health Workers 25. Facing the Challenges: Strategies and Solutions

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G. Hussein Rassool is currently Professor of Islamic Psychology, Dean for the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Director of Research & Publications and Head of the Psychology Department at the International Open University (Islamic Online University).