Chapter 7. Religion and Mental Health in Islam

  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. Ahmed Okasha Professor Director

Published Online: 13 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470682203.ch7

Religion and Psychiatry: Beyond Boundaries

Religion and Psychiatry: Beyond Boundaries

How to Cite

Okasha, A. (2010) Religion and Mental Health in Islam, 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.ch7

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. Egypt

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



  • religion and mental health in Islam;
  • psychiatry and religion, drawing upon rich traditions of human thought and practice;
  • religious belief systems - providing explanations for traumatic life events;
  • psychiatrists, confronting ethical and social policy issues with religious components;
  • psychiatry rarely using - state-of-the-art, multidimensional assessments of religion;
  • Egyptian beliefs and health - philosophy of life and death as part of a continuous cycle;
  • Sigerist wrote - ‘Suggestion played an important part in all forms of treatment’;
  • Islamic scholars and mental health - Rhazes's ‘El Mansuri’ and ‘Al-Hawi’;
  • Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam;
  • rights of women - Qur'anic ideals versus Muslim practice


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Ancient Egypt

  • Mental Health in Islam

  • Some Islamic Scholars and Mental Health

  • The Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam

  • Rights of Women: Qur'Anic Ideals Versus Muslim Practice

  • Religion and Poverty

  • Islamic Culture and Mental Health

  • Religion, Spirituality and Mental Health

  • The Concept of Mental Illness in islamic Societies

  • Conclusion

  • References