An Islamic Theoretical Orientation to Psychotherapy.

Much of what has been written on and explored with regards to the intersection of Islam and psychology tends to examine theMuslim experience and how psychotherapy can cater to this population.It has been more of a response to the increasing call for multicultural capacity building than it has been an exploration of psychology from the perspective of an Islamic worldview. is focus tends to result in studies of best practice in working with Muslim clients, which can be problematic given that the world’s population of Muslims consists of hundreds of different cultures (Kettani). Yet the desire for the field of psychology to understand how to work with Muslims and the palatable need for mental health services among many populations of Muslim people have given rise to a growing field of Muslim Mental Health. It may be that the most effective way to find common ground among this diverse population is to focus more on the Islamic orientation of these people rather than their relative identity as Muslims. However, there remains a dearth of collective understanding on how an Islamic worldview can be practically and effectively integrated into psychotherapy as well as alack of understanding of how an Islamic orientation to psychology might also have something to offer to a broader range of people beyond those who identify as Muslim.