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Islamic Psychology
Human Behaviour and Experience from an Islamic Perspective

ISBN 9780367375157
Published March 31, 2021 by Routledge
638 Pages

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Book Description

Islamic Psychology or ilm an-nafs (science of the soul) is an important introductory textbook drawing on the latest evidence in the sub-disciplines of psychology to provide a balanced and comprehensive view of human nature, behaviour and experience. Its foundation to develop theories about human nature is based upon the writings of the Qur'an, Sunna, Muslim scholars and contemporary research findings.

Synthesising contemporary empirical psychology and Islamic psychology, this book is holistic in both nature and process and includes the physical, psychological, social and spiritual dimensions of human behaviour and experience. Through a broad and comprehensive scope, the book addresses three main areas: Context, perspectives and the clinical applications of applied psychology from an Islamic approach.

This book is a core text on Islamic psychology for undergraduate and postgraduate students and those undertaking continuing professional development in Islamic psychology, psychotherapy and counselling. Beyond this, it is also a good supporting resource for teachers and lecturers in this field.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Islamic Psychology: Context, Definitions and Perspectives

Chapter 2: A Brief History of Islamic Psychology Origins and Heritage

Chapter 3: Perspectives of Human Nature


Chapter 4: Biological Basis of Behaviour

Chapter 5: Developmental and Reproductive Behaviours

Chapter 6: Life Span Development: From Conception to Death

Chapter 7: Learning, Conditioning and Modelling


Chapter 8: Social Psychology: Social Cognition, Attitude and Prejudice

Chapter 9: Personality Development

Chapter 10: Affective Behaviour: Emotion

Chapter 11: Drive Behaviour: Motivation

Chapter 12: Prosocial Behaviour: Altruism and Helping Behaviours


Chapter 13: State of Consciousness, Sleep and Dreaming

Chapter 14: Memory: Nature, Types, Stages and Memorisation

Chapter 15: Reason, Wisdom and Intelligence


Chapter 16: Health Psychology: Models and Perspectives

Chapter 17: Health Psychology Model: An Islamic Perspective

Chapter 18: Health Promotion: An Effective Tool for Global Health

Chapter 19: Biological, Psychological, Social and Spiritual approaches of Aggression

Chapter 20: Stress, Coping Strategies and Interventions


Chapter 21: The Psychology of Addiction

Chapter 22: Mental Health, Spirituality and Possession

Chapter 23: Models and Approaches to Disability

Chapter 24:The Anatomy of Islamic Psychotherapy


Chapter 25: Decolonising Psychology and its (Dis)Contents: Educational Development and Clinical Supervision

Chapter 26: Challenges and Solutions in Islamic Psychology


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Professor Dr G. Hussein Rassool is Professor of Islamic Psychology and Consultant for Riphah Institute of Clinical and Professional Psychology/Centre for Islamic Psychology, Riphah International University, Pakistan. He is also Director of Studies for the Department of Islamic Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling, Al Balagh Academy. In addition, he is the Chair of Al-Balkhi Research Institute (UK). He is a Fellow of the International Association of Islamic Psychology, Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health, and a Member of the International Association of Muslim Psychologists. He is one of the leading academics in the areas of Islamic Psychology and psychotherapy and involved in the development of the first BSc Islamic Psychology at IOU. He also developed a first University accredited Certificate course in Islamic Psychology in Pakistan. He also works as a part-time Islamic psychotherapist.


"Islamic Psychology is a fast-growing discipline. The present book is a pioneering effort to create a bridge between the conventional psychology, which I regard as reductionist, and Islamic approach which is holistic and deals with total human being. I strongly recommend it as a text for graduate programmes in Psychology." — Professor Dr Anis Ahmad, Vice Chancellor, Riphah International University, Pakistan

"This pioneering work encompasses a variety of psychological topics from an Islamic perspective and is an essential text for students as well as practitioners of Islamic Psychology. I congratulate the author for a job well done." — Professor Dr Amber Haque, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, Doha, Qatar

"Prof G. Hussein’s book on Islamic Psychology is a blend of contemporary psychology and Islamic Psychology. The author has distinctively focused on the biological basis of behaviour grounded in Islamic teachings. I presume the mentioning of clinical supervision in this book is a unique contribution, which wasn’t mentioned in the Islamic psychology books previously." — Professor Dr Muhammad Tahir Khalily, Vice president Academics and Professor of Clinical Psychology International Islamic University Islamabad, Pakistan