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)
The International Students of Islamic Psychology (ISIP) hosted Dr. Abdallah Rothman on November 14th, 2021 to speak about his recently published book: Developing a Model of Islamic Psychology and Psychotherapy. In his talk, Dr. Abdallah gives a detailed overview of the chapters and content of the book.
"This book is both timely and meaningful as it captures the context, methodologies, and author’s reflections on the emerging field of Islamic Psychology. It is an impressive addition to the literature, and I recommend it highly for those in academia and clinical practice."
--Amber Haque, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, Qatar
"This is a ground-breaking book that fills an important void in the current psychological literature and sets the ground for a much needed Islamic orientation to psychotherapy that is suited to address the psycho-spiritual issues of Muslim patients, globally. Thus far, Eurocentric models have been insufficient to meet this need, and even ‘Islamic’ adaptations of these models have served to undermine and underestimate the richness found in the Islamic intellectual tradition. This book is a demonstration of the richness of the Islamic heritage and its ability to be authentically translated into therapeutic application to address practical mental health needs of Muslim populations."
-- Hooman Keshavarzi, PsyD, Executive Director, Khalil Center, USA & Canada
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Watch the video of the Book Launch Event
Our lives are incredibly busy. Maybe even chaotic. Between taking care of our children, schoolwork, working from home, even homeschooling, maintaining the household, connecting with family - and everything in between - the burnout is inevitable. Oftentimes, taking care of yourself is a distant afterthought. But how do we find the power in parenthood if our power reserve is running on empty? What can parents do to realize the importance of self care in our everyday life? How does Islam promote self care? Dr. Abdallah Rothman joined Noor Kids' 'Powerful Parenting Speaker Series' to discuss:
- What is self care?
- How has the idea of self care evolved in today’s world?
- What does Islam say about self care?
- Self care as ibadah and as self love
- How can parents begin to prioritize self care?
- 3 practical steps to self care
Dr. Abdallah talks about the importance of psycho-spiritual introspection in one's orientation to the practice of Islam and how religious obligations should be transformational rather than simply transactional. If we look to avoid difficulty or hardship and attempt to overlook our inner state, we can fall into 'spiritual bypassing', where we use belief and ritual as a replacement for doing the inner reflection and hard work of healing our hearts. Islam requires us to do both, and if we orient ourselves to the practice of the religion in this way, the obligatory acts of worship and remembrance can and should become transformational.
Dr. Abdallah was invited by the Emmoa Foundation in Ghana to speak about an Islamic perspective of the themes in Brene Brown's book 'Rising Strong'. He discusses how the Islamic paradigm of psychology positions vulnerability in relation to God, self and the other, and asserts that Muslims need to embrace vulnerability within their relationship to and practice of Islam. He draws parallels to Brown's stages of "Reckoning, Rumbling and Revolution" with Al-Ghazali's 6 stages of Murabata.
Dr. Abdallah presented on "Finding Center in the Heart (of the Pandemic):
Practical Tools from the Islamic Tradition for Building Resiliency in Times of Disruption and Trauma" at the Huron-Respect Conference, 'Pastoral & Spiritual Care During the Pandemic' hosted by Dr. Ingrid Mattson on November 14, 2020.
In this short presentation he outlines how he and his network of colleagues responded to the COVID pandemic crisis, tending to the wellbeing needs and collective trauma of Muslim communities around the world using online webinar platforms to address increases in anxiety, family conflict, depression, and existential grief. His approach to Islamic psychology is presented as a psycho-educational program to orient participants to indigenous Islamic tools for building resiliency and decreased anxiety.