Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 50, Issue 1, pp 46–61 | Cite as

How Muslim and Non-Muslim Chaplains Serve Muslim Patients? Does the Interfaith Chaplaincy Model have Room for Muslims’ Experiences?

  • Wahiba Abu-Ras
  • Lance Laird
Original Paper


Chaplaincy is typically practiced within the contexts of the Jewish and Christian traditions, and little attention has been paid to the influence of the Islamic perspective of nursing and caring. Therefore, many Muslim patients might not receive appropriate care for their religious and spiritual needs, especially as they relate to daily religious practices and worship, medical ethics, and end-of-life treatment choices. This study examined Muslim and non-Muslim chaplains’ approaches to pastoral care used with Muslim patients in New York City hospitals. The study used in-depth interviews with 33 Muslim and non-Muslim chaplains. The results indicate areas of both convergence and divergence.


Health care Chaplaincy Spiritual care Religion NYC hospitals Muslims Interfaith approach 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social WorkAdelphi UniversityGarden CityUSA
  2. 2.Department of Family Medicine BostonBoston UniversityBostonUSA

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