Chapter 23. Religious Practice and Mental Health: A Moroccan Experience

  1. Peter J. Verhagen Psychiatrist Theologian2,
  2. Herman M. Van Praag Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry3,
  3. Juan J. López-Ibor Jr Professor of Psychiatry4,
  4. John L Cox Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry5 and
  5. Driss Moussaoui Professor of Psychiatry6
  1. Driss Moussaoui Professor of Psychiatry6 and
  2. Nadia Kadri Professor of Psychiatry1

Published Online: 13 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470682203.ch23

Religion and Psychiatry: Beyond Boundaries

Religion and Psychiatry: Beyond Boundaries

How to Cite

Moussaoui, D. and Kadri, N. (2010) Religious Practice and Mental Health: A Moroccan Experience, in Religion and Psychiatry: Beyond Boundaries (eds P. J. Verhagen, H. M. Van Praag, J. J. López-Ibor, J. L. Cox and D. Moussaoui), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470682203.ch23

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Meerkanten GGZ, Harderwijk, The Netherlands

  2. 3

    University of Maastricht, Maastricht, The Netherlands

  3. 4

    Complutense University, Madrid, Spain

  4. 5

    University of Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

  5. 6

    Ibn Rushd University, Casablanca, Morocco

Author Information

  1. 1

    Morocco

  2. 6

    Ibn Rushd University, Casablanca, Morocco

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 8 JAN 2010

Book Series:

  1. World Psychiatric Association Evidence and Experience in Psychiatry Series

Book Series Editors:

  1. Helen Herrman

Series Editor Information

  1. WPA Secretary for Publications, University of Melbourne, Australia

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470694718

Online ISBN: 9780470682203

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Keywords:

  • religious practice and mental health - Moroccan experience;
  • Morocco's religion - being essentially Islam;
  • religious characteristic of Morocco - that its king is the recognized religious leader;
  • religion, playing a central role in Moroccan history and identity;
  • strength of religion in Morocco and impact of religion on daily life of the people;
  • traditional healing - those suffering from somatic diseases seeking help from traditional healers;
  • Ramadan fasting and mental health - relationship between health and Ramadan fasting;
  • Ramadan fasting and religious obsessions;
  • monotheistic with weaker community ties - moral police internalized;
  • circumcision and mental health - Sunna Muakkada (recommended behavior)

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Historical Overview

  • Social Overview

  • Religious Practice and Mental Health

  • Classification, Psychopathology and Religion

  • Circumcision and Mental Health

  • Concluding Remarks

  • References