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Routledge

Evil Eye, Jinn Possession, and Mental Health Issues: An Islamic Perspective

G. Hussein Rassool

Hardback

9781138653214

 

Evil Eye, Jinn Possession, and Mental Health Issues raises awareness of the cultural considerations, religion and spirituality involved in the assessment of Muslim patients with mental health problems. The belief that Jinn spirits can cause mental illness in humans through affliction or possession is widely accepted among Muslims, meaning this belief is a crucial, but frequently overlooked, aspect of mental health problems with Muslim patients in psychiatric care. This book explores the nature of such beliefs, their relationship to mental health and the reasons for their importance in clinical practice.

 

The book argues that it is vital to consider mental disorders as a multifactorial affair, in which spiritual, social, psychological and physical factors may all play a role. It suggests differential diagnostic skills may have an important part to play in offering help to those who believe their problems are caused by possession, and provides accessible literature on clinical issues and practice, interventions, management and evidence-based practice to help health workers achieve a better understanding of Muslim beliefs about possession and how to work with patients that hold such beliefs.

 

Contents

 

PART 1 CONTEXT AND BACKGROUND

1. Fundamentals of Islamic Faith

2. Psychosocial Issues within Islamic Communities

3. Culture, Religion and Psychological Health

4. Perception and Somatisation of Mental Health Problems 

5. Islamic Bioethics, Law and Mental Health 

6. Islamic Perspective on Spiritual and Mental Health 

 

PART 1I POSESSION SYNDROME 

7. Evil Eye and Envy in Islam 

8. Evil Eye: Diagnosis, Symptoms and Protections 

9. The World of Jinn 

10.Existence and Types of Jinn: Evidence from the Qur’an and Sunnah 

11. Dissociative Disorders and Jinn Possession 

12. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Islamic Manifestations 

13. Typology of Waswâs al-Qahri (Overwhelming whisperings) 

14. Magic, Witchcraft and Demonic Possession from an Islamic Perspective 

15. Categories and Idiosyncrasies of Magic and Witchcraft 

 

PART 111 PREVENTION, THERAPEUTIC AND SPIRITUAL INTERVENTIONS 

16.Understanding the Muslim Patient: A Framework for Assessment and Diagnosis 

17. Therapeutic Interventions: Spiritual Dimensions 

18. Prevention and Protection from Evil Eye, Jinn Possession and Witchcraft 

19. Spiritual Interventions with Evil Eye, Jinn Possession and Witchcraft 

20. Islamic-based Cognitive Behavioural and Spiritual Interventions with Waswâs al-Qahri (Obsessional Disorder) 

21. Spiritual Interventions with Waswâs al-Qahri 

22. Islamic Counselling: The Dodo Bird Revival 

23. Case Reports of Evil Eye, Jinn Possession and Witchcraft 

24. Collaboration with Traditional Healers, Faith Leaders and Mental Health Workers 

25. Facing the Challenges: Strategies and Solutions

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