1st Edition

Integrated Research Methodologies in Islāmic Psychology

By G. Hussein Rassool Copyright 2024
    130 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book provides a foundation of the methodology of research scholarship in Islāmic studies, psychology and psychotherapy, offering an understanding of the concepts and techniques of Islāmic research methodology integrated with qualitative and quantitative research.

    Integrating Islāmic moral and epistemological values into research methodologies, the text synthesises research methodologies and approaches (empirical, rational) with Islāmic research scholarship. Chapters include a range of topics including research ethics from an Islamic perspective, systematic methodology of research in Islamic studies and social sciences and inductive and deductive approaches. Other questions covered include how to integrate the Qur’ân and Hadith (rules, concepts and statements) with psychological phenomena and how to write a research proposal and research paper. Each chapter includes rich case examples and relevant practical examples.

    This book is ideal for researchers and students in Islāmic psychology and psychotherapy wishing to learn more about the techniques and principles of Islāmic research scholarship in the field.

    1. Introduction to research  2. Philosophy and worldview in Islāmic research scholarship  3. Principles of Islāmic ethics: issues in conducting research  4. Decolonisation, epistemological  bias and limitations in psychology  5. Integrated research methodology and research framework in Islāmic psychology  6. Islāmic scholarship in research: an overview of the Maqasid Methodology  7. Research proposal: applying the Maqasid Methodology


    G. Hussein Rassool, PhD, is Professor of Islāmic Psychology, Centre for Islāmic Studies & Civilisations, Charles Sturt University, Australia, and Professor of Islāmic Psychology and Consultant for Riphah Institute of Clinical and Professional Psychology/Centre for Islāmic Psychology, Riphah International University, Pakistan. He is series editor of Routledge’s Islāmic Psychology and Psychotherapy series.

    ‘I wholeheartedly recommend this book for anyone interested in researching Islāmic  psychology and psychotherapy. It provides a clear and accessible foundation in research methodology, including qualitative and quantitative techniques and the Maqasid Methodology. The authors' focus on applying Islāmic  ethics to research is a unique and valuable perspective. This book is suitable for beginners and recommended for undergraduate and postgraduate courses.’

    Zuleyha Keskin, PhD, Course Director and Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Islāmic  Studies and Civilisation, Charles Sturt University, a co-founder of ISRA Australia and the Managing Editor of the Australian Journal of  Islāmic  Studies, Australia

    ‘Professor Rassool has offered the world a timely book to guide researchers in the emerging field of Islāmic Psychology. As the director of America’s first and only Islāmic  Psychology research lab situated within an academic university, I look forward to recommending this book to my students and research interns who are working to further and deepen this noble field.’

    Rania Awaad, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine, Director, Stanford Muslim Mental Health and Islāmic  Psychology Lab, President and co-Founder, Maristan. USA

    ‘G.Hussein Rassool's new book Research Scholarship in Islāmic Psychology provides timely and relevant research guidance to undergraduate and postgraduate students interested in Islāmic  psychology. The author's reference to the Maqasid methodology is especially worthwhile due to its focus on the revealed knowledge, holism and connectivity. It is expected that this book will be instrumental in advancing the discipline of Islāmic  psychology and counselling.’ 

    Ildus Rafikov, PhD, Director of Research, Maqasid Institute


    ‘Prof. G. Hussein Rassool made a successful attempt to make Islāmic  psychology more accessible to modern clinical psychologists, psychotherapists, and counsellors and among many others. I wish to congratulate the author for his outstanding effort in producing a work of high-quality research. It introduces Islam’s holistic approach to health: physical, psychological, social, emotional, and spiritual. Islāmic  psychology is a development field that continues to receive much-needed attention from various contemporary scholars in the field of psychology. I believe this book to be a cornerstone contribution and therefore strongly advise it to specialist and non-specialist readers alike.’

    Süleyman Derin, PhD, Professor of Sufi Studies, Faculty of Theology, Marmara University. Istanbul, Turkey


    ‘Professor G. Hussein Rassool’s new book has excellent prospects of becoming a reference book and guide for everyone who aspires to grow up as a researcher in Islāmic  psychology field. It not just perfectly fills in certain gaps in the methodology of Islāmic  psychological thought, but also creates significant practical foundations for new research discoveries in this area. The experience of applying the Maqasid Methodology in the social sciences generalised by the author and the guidelines for its implementation in the field of psychology are expected to bring to tangible breakthroughs in the comprehension of many mental phenomena and the development of new effective tools of counselling and psychotherapy.’

    Filius F. Iakhin, PhD, Associate Professor at the Institute of Knowledge Integration (IKI) Academy (Tbilisi, Georgia). A  member of the Managing Board of Association of Psychological Assistance to Muslims  (Russia), a private practical/clinical counsellor, Russian Federation.


    ‘As we witness the rise of Islāmic Psychology around the globe, there is a vital need to develop scholarly resources that present and consolidate the concepts and methodologies in this developing field. The Focus Series of Islāmic psychology and psychotherapy is a vital resource in this context. In ‘Research Scholarship in Islāmic Psychology’, Professor G. Hussein Rassool, expounds on research methodologies in Islāmic  Psychology , describing the integrated research model which brings together empirical and Islāmic  sources. This is a must-have text for students and researchers in Islāmic  Psychology as well as a must read for all Muslim psychologists since there is a great need to understand where and how the empirical and Islāmic  approach and methodologies converge and diverge and to work within a paradigm that is consistent with Islāmic  philosophy, ethics and epistemology.’

     Amina Obaid Khawaja, PhD Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Psychology

    Lahore College for Women University, Lahore. Pakistan


    ‘I am absolutely thrilled to recommend the book on Research Scholarship in Islāmic Psychology by Professor Rassool published by Routledge as part of their Focus Series. As a research scholar in this field, I have often felt the genuine need for literature that covers the process of how to implement Islāmic  Psychology within the existing and novel emerging research paradigms. This book does an exceptional job of covering this dimension and fills a gap in the existing literature.

    The book addresses how aspiring researchers can contribute to psychology from an Islāmic  perspective and how the existing knowledge ecosystem can benefit from Islāmic  Psychology. 

    The book highlights the emerging knowledge from Quran and Sunnah, also the focus and purpose-oriented approach have been explored. The book explores integrated research in contemporary Islāmic  philosophy. The book also delves into the reconciliation of Islāmic  psychology and research and the integration of Islāmic  ethics and epistemological values in social sciences. It is a thought-provoking practical application-based approach that highlights the importance of integrating empirical evidence with revealed knowledge based on the Tawhīdic paradigm.

    It also addresses the novel area of Islāmic  research ethics and how to use the maqasid methodology for doing research in IP. As a student of IP and Maqasid Methodology, I have personally experienced the daunting issue of putting the theory into practice. It's sheer brilliance to see the book's philosophical framework on the 7 elements of the Maqasid approach, which is a concrete lens through which research can now emerge.

    This book is a must-read for anyone interested in helping the field grow through academia and research, and for all the ones looking to understand and implement the same. I highly recommend it to all researchers, students, and professionals who wish to explore Islāmic  Psychology and research at the very foundation and also the ones who intend to take a deep dive into this area.’


    Zulekha Shakoor Rajani, Assistant Professor in Psychology School Counsellor, Teachers Trainer, and DBT therapist, and Student of  Islāmic  Psychology at Al Balagh Academy, Avicenna Academy, and CMC, India


    Shujauddin Fahad Inamdar is a Research Associate and Coordinator at the Centre for Study and Research, New Delhi, and a Research Scholar and Coordinator at the Indian Council on Islāmic  Perspective in Psychology, New Delhi, India