Islamically Integrated Psychotherapy
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Many practicing Muslims consider psychotherapy to be a Western science and perceive it as a threat to Islam. Traditionalist Muslims are wary of the atheistic roots of modern psychology, and they worry that therapeutic treatments could undermine religious adherence by explaining traditionalist beliefs as pathological defense mechanisms. Many Muslims also strongly stigmatize mental health services as a sign of weakness and lack of faith. Qur’anic recitation and prayer, rather than secular therapies, are the proper Islamic remedies for emotional problems. Only ten percent of American Muslims say they would seek help from a mental health professional.
Islamically Integrated Psychotherapyseeks to bridge the gap between Islamic spirituality and psychotherapy by pulling together the work of nine practicing Muslim clinicians who are synthesizing Islam with Western therapeutic approaches. The contributors discuss (1) the ways in which Islam is a system for psychological well-being, or a...