If the psychology of religion is to encompass all religions worldwide, then dialogue between researchers having different cultural perspectives is indispensable. The challenge is to neither present one's view as apologetic, nor to discard the perspectives of others as apologetic, but to respect them as the basis of their perception and conceptualization of the world. The authors attempt this challenge.
Volume 12, Number 4, 2002
Contents: K.H. Reich, R.F. Paloutzian, Editors' Introduction. INVITED ESSAYS: S. Khalili, S. Murken, K.H. Reich, A.A. Shah, A. Vahabzadeh, Religion and Mental Health in Cultural Perspective: Observations and Reflections After the First International Congress on Religion and Mental Health, Tehran, I.R. Iran, 16-19 April 2001. S. Murken, A.A. Shah, Naturalistic and Islamic Approaches to Psychology, Psychotherapy, and Religion: Metaphysical Assumptions and Methodology--A Discussion. RESEARCH: P.J. Watson, N. Ghorbani, H.K. Davison, M.N. Bing, R.W. Hood, Jr., A.F. Ghramaleki, Negatively Reinforcing Personal Extrinsic Motivations: Religious Orientation, Inner Awareness, and Mental Health in Iran and the United States. PERSPECTIVE: A. Haque, K.A. Masuan, Religious Psychology in Malaysia. REVIEW: J.H. Rubin, Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence by Mark Juergensmeyer.