Abdallah Rothman’s chapter begins this volume by distinguishing between Muslim mental health and Islamic psychology and asserting the existence of and need for a uniquely Islamic paradigm of human psychology. He goes on to describe how Islam can be viewed as a system for psychological wellbeing or a ‘science of the soul’ and how he operates from within an Islamic theoretical orientation to psychology. He concludes by giving examples from his clinical practice of how he works with his clients by employing uniquely Islamic therapeutic interventions derived from the Islamic tradition.
The launching of the International Association of Islamic Psychology has just been announced. This is a historic landmark for the Muslim community, Muslim Mental Health, and the field of Psychology in general. While many scholars and clinicians have been developing the field of Islamic Psychology over the past 40 years, until now it has been little understood and little known within the Muslim community and beyond.
The establishment of this prestigious professional society marks a turning point in that Islamic Psychology can no longer be considered an "emerging discipline" as it is now clearly defined and actively being engaged in and evolved by a large international network of scholars and practitioners.
While there have been significant developments and increased awareness in the area of Muslim Mental Health over the past decade, for many the distinction between Muslim psychology and Islamic Psychology is not clear. Now, with the existence of this organization, there is access to information, resources, and educational opportunities to learn more about what Islamic Psychology is and what it has to offer.
To find out more and explore what the association has to offer, visit islamicpsychology.org