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Positive Psychology in the Middle East/North Africa

Research, Policy, and Practise

  • Louise Lambert
  • Nausheen Pasha-Zaidi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Louise Lambert, Nausheen Pasha-Zaidi
    Pages 1-7
  3. Government and Policy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Louise Lambert, Aziz Mulay-Shah, Meg. A. Warren, Yara Younis
      Pages 11-35
    3. Aziz Mulay-Shah, Louise Lambert, Yara Younis, Bronwyn P. Wood
      Pages 37-70
    4. Aubrilyn Reeder, Louise Lambert, Nausheen Pasha-Zaidi
      Pages 71-90
  4. Education and the Workplace

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. Louise Lambert, Rehman Abdulrehman, Cameron Mirza
      Pages 93-110
    3. Saddiga Jaber Al-Ghalib, Shaden Abdul-Hakeem Al-Khalifah, Afeefah Y. Salim, Rana Abdulrahman Hafed Dahlawi
      Pages 111-131
    4. Louise Lambert, Elizabeth Topolskaya, Meg A. Warren, Mansoor Anwar Habib
      Pages 133-156
  5. Measurement: Research Trends and Challenges

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 157-157
    2. Aamna Al-Shehhi, Ian Grey, Justin Thomas
      Pages 159-182
    3. Louise Lambert, Nausheen Pasha-Zaidi, Annie E. Crookes
      Pages 183-205
    4. Louise Lambert, Lauren Hotchkiss, Holli-Anne Passmore
      Pages 207-234
  6. Culture and Religion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-235
    2. Mohsen Joshanloo, Dan Weijers
      Pages 237-256
    3. Nausheen Pasha-Zaidi, Muna Odeh
      Pages 257-284
    4. Richard J. Estes, M. Joseph Sirgy
      Pages 285-309
  7. Physical and Psychological Health

About this book


This volume looks at positive psychology from a culturally-responsive, empirically-driven perspective to avoid a descent into pseudoscience. Through evidence-based, regionally relevant topics in the field of well-being, this volume shows how increasing levels of excellence in the GCC region enhance upon business, education, research, and social innovations. Grounded in the empirical research literature, each chapter applies psychological concepts to locally relevant considerations, such as culture, religion, and socio-political contexts, making this book an essential tool for understanding positive psychology and well-being in the GCC nations and beyond. 


Positive Psychology in Gulf Region Positive Psychology from a Cultural Perspective Levels of Excellence in GCC Region Islamic Identity and Well-being Character Strengths in Higher Education Culturally-responsive Positive Psychotherapy Well-being and the Built Environment Organizational Strategies Increasing Positivity Positive Social Development

Editors and affiliations

  • Louise Lambert
    • 1
  • Nausheen Pasha-Zaidi
    • 2
  1. 1.Editor in ChiefMiddle East Journal of Positive PsychologyDubaiUnited Arab Emirates
  2. 2.Department of Social ScienceHouston Community College, University of Houston-DowntownHoustonUSA

About the editors

Dr. Louise Lambert, PhD, teaches university-level courses in introduction to psychology, positive psychology in the workplace, happiness and wellbeing, ethical reasoning, workplace psychology and business ethics. She is a Canadian Registered Psychologist with almost 20 years of counselling practise in the non-profit, education, mental health and primary healthcare sectors, as well as the Editor-in-Chief and founder of the Middle East Journal of Positive Psychology, a peer-reviewed academic journal dedicated to uncovering excellence in the Middle East region. A published researcher in the field of happiness, she also works to teach the skills of wellbeing and character to community individuals, university and high school students, as well as organizations. She is currently working with the Emirates Center for Happiness Research at the United Arab Emirates University.   

Dr. Nausheen Pasha-Zaidi, PhD, has degrees in Communications, Education, and Psychology. She has worked as an international educator for almost 20 years focusing on language development and cultural studies with an emphasis on Muslim populations. Her articles have appeared in a number of professional journals including the Middle East Journal of Positive Psychology, Ethnicities and The Journal of International Women’s Studies. She is the author of The Colour of Mehndi, a novel that explores acculturation, family values and mental illness within the Pakistani-American community and the lead editor of Mirror on the Veil: a Collection of Personal Narratives on Hijab and Veiling.

Bibliographic information


“I am a strong believer and supporter of Positive Psychology mainly because I have seen how useful and successful it has been for my clients in the Middle East. This book provides a much needed and well deserved positive view of the MENA/GCC region and I highly recommend it as a book everyone must read.” (Dr. Joanne Hands, PhD, LPC, LMFT, President of the Middle East Psychological Association, Kuwait.)

“This book is one of its kind in the region and entire Arab World. It involves a broad and exhaustive review of the many applications of positive psychology across education, organizations, health care, and government policy. The Middle Eastern perspective is refreshing and will help the region flourish.” (Dr. Zakeya Al Rasbi, Ph.D., Director of the Emirates Center for Happiness Research, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, UAE) 

“I have been fortunate to read many of Dr. Louise's articles, papers and books and always find her writing profound, insightful yet, simple to understand. This book is another great accomplishment for Dr. Louise, all of her collaborators and the Arab world as a whole. Bravo everyone!” (Her Excellency, Sheikha Intisar AlSabah, Director and Founder of Alnowair, Kuwait’s first and only dedicated national positivity engine)

“This insightful book provides a unique blend of Positive Psychology with Middle Eastern science and culture. A first for the field of positive psychology and a truly ground breaking book for the region. I learnt a lot!” (Professor Lea Waters, PhD, Director for the Centre for Positive Psychology, University of Melbourne (Australia). President of the International Positive Psychology Association)