On May 29, 2022 Dr Abdallah was invited to High Wycombe to speak on on the topic of Muslim Men, Mental Health & the Suicde Crisis. The event was hosted by the Karima Foundation in support of the Heart of Bucks initiative in suicide prevention. to challenging the stigma members of the BAME community have in regards to mental health. Dr Abdallah was joined by Shaykh Sulaymna Van Ael, Mawlana Asim Ayub, and Dr Syed Shah to discuss Islamic viewpoints on practising good mental health in light of the challenges currently facing the Muslim in Britain. The speakers presentations were followed by a Q&A session, which can be viewed on the Karima Foundation Youtube channel:.
Join Dr Abdallah Rothman and hattat (calligrapher) Gulnaz Fatima Mahboob to discuss the transformative effect of the sacred art of calligraphy on the soul at Yunus Emre Institute London on Thursday 12th May. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session.
The talk will draw out the practice of Islamic calligraphy and the therapeutic impact from an anthropological and psychological perspective. Exploring calligraphy and its impact on the self. Delving into psychology and art therapy to discuss the transformative potential of committing to the discipline. Drawing on the practices and training required to become a calligrapher (hattat) we aim to provide insight on how the traditional method of learning can have a positive impact on your wellbeing and promote Islamic mindfulness concepts of Ihsaan and Muraqaba.
This talk forms part of the Arts & Culture Lecture Series organised by Yunus Emre Institute London and registration is for the in person event. The talk will also be streamed live on the Yunus Emre Institute London's Facebook and YouTube accounts (@yeelondra).
Throughout the month of Ramadan Dr. Abdallah is doing a weekly series of short talks as part of the "Afternoon Anchors" series for Cambridge Muslim College's Ramadan program: Building an Ark. Each talk focuses on the Qur'anic themes of travel and journeying and gives practical insight into how to deepen our psycho-spiritual development throughout the month to work toward maximizing our potential.
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An Islamic Approach to Self Reflection and Contemplation
in the mountains of Al Andalus
Spend a weekend connecting to your heart and connecting with nature on a retreat away from the busyness of life, in the secluded mountains of Al Andalus. This three day workshop will explore practical tools and guidance from an Islamic perspective of self development, focused on self-reflection (muhasabah) and contemplation (tafakkur). Participants will engage in individual introspective directives as well as group process, in an experiential programme of self discovery and embodied spiritual practice. The sessions will be facilitated by Dr. Abdallah Rothman, a scholar and practitioner of Islamic Psychology.
*All proceeds from the sale of this book go toward the Fazal Haque Scholarship to support students of Islamic psychology.
This paper presents findings from a study which examined the application of an Islamic model of the soul in psychotherapy. It addresses the clinical scope of an Islamic psychotherapy. Interviews with 18 psychotherapists who believed that they integrate Islamic conceptions of psychology into their practice were analysed using a grounded theory approach. Findings centered on the stages of the soul with which Islamic psychotherapy is concerned and the potential for inter-stage movement, and the relationships between and demarcation of the roles of Islamic psychotherapist and religious guide or shaykh. A data-grounded model of the clinical scope of Islamic psychotherapy is presented.
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
Model of Clinical Scope of Islamic Psychotherapy (Rothman & Coyle, 2021)