Dr. Abdallah Rothman gave a talk on the state of the therapist's heart in Islamic psychotherapy at the Symposium on Psychology and Spirituality in Istanbul March 4, 2019. In this short presentation he discusses the position of an Islamic psychotherapist as innately involving an aspect of spiritual guidance given the nature of the domain of the soul. Considering this, Dr. Abdallah suggests that it becomes an ethical obligation of the therapist to be constantly engaged in a process of tazkiyat an nafs (purification of the soul) and that beyond therapeutic technique, a significant factor in the therapeutic relationship is the state of the therapist's heart for acting as a clear mirror for the client.
A series of 20 short talks that build on one another successively as a course in self improvement. Dr. Abdallah Rothman takes you on a journey of Presence and Self Reflection, introducing principles and concepts from the Islamic tradition and framing them in practical application in daily life. Throughout each session he offers tools and resources to develop a practice of self reflection in your own life. This was part of the Cambridge Muslim College Ramadan Live program in 2020. The videos are the recordings of those sessions that were streamed live, with viewers from all over the world tuning in and asking questions, which Dr. Abdallah answers at the end of each session.
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Dr. Abdallah Rothman was invited to join Yusuf Jha and Soul Inquiry for a livestream discussion and Q & A on managing our mental health in these uncertain times of the Coronavirus pandemic. In this context they discuss the Prophetic saying:
How amazing is the affair of the Believer! Indeed his entire affair is good. And this is not the case with anyone except the believer; should prosperity come his way, he is grateful and that is good for him, and should adversity come his way, he patiently perseveres, and that is good for him." [Muslim]
How do we bring these states of gratitude and patience to our hearts in times of trial and difficulty such as these? And what can we do to cope with the situation in a way that takes into consideration our mental health and wellbeing? These questions and more are explored and some practical tools are discussed. View the livestream recording below:
The livestream had such a great response and request for more, that a follow up session was scheduled. Subscribe to the youtube channel to be notified on this and more content from Soul Inquiry.
Dr. Abdallah Rothman addresses an audience of medical doctors at a conference in Karachi, Pakistan exploring the Islamic perspective of healing and the psychological and spiritual aspects of disease. He discusses the holistic approach to medicine that early Muslim scholars took and explains how the soul can be taken into consideration when treating physical, emotional and spiritual health.
Abdallah Rothman gives a talk at the Ottoman era Dar al Shifaa in the complex of Sultan Bayezid II Health Museum in Edirne, Turkey, discussing Islamic psychology in the context of the holistic approach to health and healing that was historically practiced in the Islamic tradition. From the 2018 IAIP summer intensive course on Islamic psychology and psychotherapy.
Here is a video of one of the classes that Abdallah Rothman taught on the week intensive course on "Islamic Psychology and Psychotherapy" in Istanbul July 2018. Here he draws out the model of the soul that was a result of his research, and explains how it is conceptualized and how it applies to psychology and psychotherapy.
Abdallah Rothman along with Rasjid Skinner and Malik Badri presented to students and faculty at Zaim University Istanbul on the topic of Islam and Modern Psychology. In this video Abdallah discusses the potential that Islam has to offer to modern psychology. He asserts that Islamic Psychology is not a religious psychology only for Muslims, but that it stands to offer great insight into human psychology and contribute significant advancements in the modern field of psychology and psychotherapy.
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Abdallah Rothman was recently invited by Professor Malik Badri to speak to his students at Zaim University in Istanbul, Turkey. He was asked to speak on the topic "Why Islamize Psychology?". Abdallah explains how making psychotherapy more user friendly for Muslim clients by changing the use of terms and cultural or religious references is helpful, but that this approach may not be making the most of the resources at our disposal within the Islamic tradition. He therefore proposes a change to the topic question to "Why Psychologize Islam?". View the video of the talk with Abdallah Rothman and Malik Badri:
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