Integrating islamic traditions in modern psychology: Research trends in last ten years

Amber Haque, Fahad Khan, Hooman Keshavarzi, Abdallah E. Rothman

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    Researchers from around the world have conducted numerous studies in the last few decades exploring the unique cultural and religious nuances of the application of clinical psychology to Muslim clients as a response to the traditional Eurocentric narratives of psychology. This paper is a review of the last 10 years of research within this domain. A thematic analysis was conducted to identify research topical trends in the literature related to the subject. The following five themes emerged: 1) Unification of western psychological models with Islamic beliefs and practices; 2) Research on historical accounts of Islamic Psychology and its rebirth in the modern era; 3) Development of theoretical models and frameworks within Islamic Psychology; 4) Development of interventions and techniques within Islamic psychology; and 5) Development of assessment tools and scales normed for use with Muslims. Recommendations are also provided to help direct future research efforts to expand underdeveloped areas in this field.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)75-100
    Number of pages26
    JournalJournal of Muslim Mental Health
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2016


    • Islam
    • Mental health
    • Muslims
    • Psychotherapy

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Health(social science)
    • Clinical Psychology
    • Psychiatry and Mental health


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