Dr Abdallah Rothman was featured on the Kerning Cultures podcast in the episode titled "More Than A Buzz". In it he discusses his passion for roasting, brewing, and enjoying coffee and the spiritual significance of the coffee bean in the Islamic tradition.
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.
Dr. Abdallah Rothman was the guest on the Karima Foundation Podcast where he speaks about the need to adapt our orientation to religious knowledge to make it more accessible for practical application in today's contemporary world. He discusses the tendency for people to avoid facing themselves and the common response of "covering over" our inner truth or attempting to bypass the struggle and difficulty associated with growth and healing.
You can also view the video recording of this podcast on the Karima Foundation Youtube channel.
This article builds upon an Islamic model of the soul (Rothman & Coyle, 2018) to develop a data-grounded, experience-based ‘iceberg model’ of Islamic psychotherapy. The findings and the model offer new insights for the continued development of clinical interventions within an approach to psychotherapy that has Islamic integrity and explicitly values Muslims’ religious orientations and commitments.
The advance online publication version is available with institutional access at APA's website here
The accepted manuscript version is available by open access here
The Iceberg Model of Islamic Psychotherapy (Rothman & Coyle, 2020)
Dr. Abdallah will be speaking at the Concordia Forum
on Sunday June 7th at 9:00 EDT/14:00 BST/17:00 GST
on the topic of
maintaining good mental health in this time
of increased tensions and uncertain futures.
As you travel through the journey of life, you'll face many obstacles that get in the way between who you are and who you want to be.
From your impulsive lower self to the relentless whispers of Shaytaan, to social pressures and expectations, to trials and calamities that knock us off balance and question everything in life.
How do you navigate these obstacles and stay spiritually grounded whilst maintaining peak performance across your roles?
Dr. Abdallah Rothman joined Baraka Blue once again on his Path & Present podcast, this time to discuss the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on our mental health and wellbeing, and the challenges and opportunities that isolation affords. They discuss the notion of retreat in light of the month of Ramadan coinciding with many people's current status with stay at home orders, and how people can adapt to the situation, cope, and use this as an opportunity for growth.
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.
Available for free on Youtube:
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.