Chapter 15. Islamic Religious and Traditional Healers' Contributions to Mental Health and Well-being

  1. Mario Incayawar M.D., M.Sc. Director2,3,4,
  2. Ronald Wintrob M.D. Clinical Professor5 and
  3. Lise Bouchard Ph.D. Director of Research2
  1. M. Fakhr El-Islam M.D., FRCP, FRCPsych Academic Consultant

Published Online: 28 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470741054.ch15

Psychiatrists and Traditional Healers: Unwitting Partners in Global Mental Health

Psychiatrists and Traditional Healers: Unwitting Partners in Global Mental Health

How to Cite

El-Islam, M. F. (2009) Islamic Religious and Traditional Healers' Contributions to Mental Health and Well-being, in Psychiatrists and Traditional Healers: Unwitting Partners in Global Mental Health (eds M. Incayawar, R. Wintrob and L. Bouchard), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470741054.ch15

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Runajambi – Institute for the Study of Quichua Culture and Health, Otavalo, Ecuador

  2. 3

    Former Henry R. Luce, Professor in Brain, Mind and Medicine: Cross-Cultural Perspectives, Pitzer, Claremont McKenna, USA

  3. 4

    Harvey Mudd Colleges, California, USA

  4. 5

    WPA-Transcultural Psychiatry Section, Warren Alpert School of Medicine, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA

Author Information

  1. Behman Hospital, Helwan, Cairo, Egypt

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 20 MAR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470516836

Online ISBN: 9780470741054

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Keywords:

  • Islamic religious and traditional healers' contributions to mental health and well-being;
  • Islamic religion providing Moslems - extensive code of conduct defining norms of behavior in everyday life;
  • psychiatrists and traditional healers - unwitting partners contributing to mental health and well-being of Moslems;
  • mental health and Moslem identity;
  • Islamic self-help therapy by prayer;
  • Islamic religion as background yardstick in mental health;
  • relationship between psychiatrists and religious healers;
  • traditional healing practices in Islamic world;
  • Islamic religion - fundamental part of culture in Arab and Islamic countries

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Mental Health and Moslem Identity

  • The Islamic Religion in Everyday Mental Life

  • Islamic Self-Help Therapy by Prayer

  • Islamic Religion as a Background Yardstick in Mental Health

  • The Relationship Between Psychiatrists and Religious Healers

  • Traditional Healing Practices in the Islamic World

  • Conclusion

  • References