Response to “Masturbation: Scientific Evidence and Islam’s View”

  • David Speed
  • Ryan T. Cragun
Philosophical Exploration

In a recent article entitled, “Masturbation: Scientific Evidence and Islam’s View”, the author Hoseini (2017) set out to discuss the harmful effects of masturbation and how it was prohibited within Islam. Generally, Hoseini’s arguments appeared to have started with a conclusion rather than arriving at one based on all of the available data. Overall, Hoseini’s argumentation suffered from three recurring issues: (1) Masturbation was inexplicably portrayed as deviant; (2) Evidence to support a negative relationship between masturbation and health was not scrutinized; (3) Evidence to support a non-negative relationship between masturbation and health was largely ignored. Each of these points will be addressed in turn.

Masturbation is Deviant

Hoseini states, “…there are many deviations from normal sexual behavior, which require scientific assessment. Masturbation, one such deviation…”. Because deviant is generally understood to mean “outside of common practice” or “outside of normative...


Masturbation Deviance Religion 



Thank-you to Dr. Caroline Brunelle for providing feedback on an early draft.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of New BrunswickSaint JohnCanada
  2. 2.University of TampaTampaUSA

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