Counseling American Muslims
Understanding the Faith and Helping the People
Explains the range of faith followed by America's more than 7 million Muslims, shows the challenges of discrimination and prejudice this growing group has faced since 9/11, and guides professionals who provide the counseling these people need to remove stereotypes and recover from unjustified attacks.
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Within two months of the terrorists' destruction of the Twin Towers, 1,400 hate crimes against Muslims, ranging from assaults to murder and bomb threats, had been reported across this country. Although it is the fastest growing religion in the world, and some believe it will become the United States' second largest religious group by 2010, the Muslim community is little understood in this country. Author Kobeisy explains the range of true Muslim faith, shows us how unfair discrimination threatens and scars the mental health of American Muslims, and also demonstrates what counselors, teachers, social workers, and other helping professionals can do to understand the faith as well as help these people recover to live strong in the face of prejudice. Includes a quiz and true and false' self-test on knowledge of Muslims and Islam, and sections on how depiction of Muslims in the media colors mass perceptions. Includes vignettes of Muslims in counseling, and a glossary of Muslim and Islam terms.
This work will appeal to counselors, mental health and social workers, family therapists, sociologist, anthropologists, teachers, school counselors, psychologists and school psychologists.
- Table of Contents
PrefaceAcknowledgmentIntroductionIslam: The Religion and the CulturesAmerican Muslims and Their Perception of PsychotherapyCounseling and CounselorsCounseling through the Eyes of MuslimsSummary and ConclusionGlossaryBibliographyReferencesHelpful Readings
[M]ulticultural understanding is important, and this book may serve that purpose for those involved with Muslim communities....Comprehensive research and professional collections.
In order to properly understand a religion, one must first understand its background, history, social context, and precepts. It is very difficult to accomplish this in one book, particularly with as rich and complex a faith as Islam. However, Kobeisy has come very close to doing so, as he is extremely persuasive and articulate....^ICounseling American Muslims^R would be a worthwhile book for any psychologist, therapist, or other counselor, especially in light of our society's current preoccupation with Islam and the pressure that this preoccupation brings to bear on our Muslim neighbors. Very sensible and reasonable recommendations are made for those who would be counseling Muslims in different settings.
With this book, Ahmed Kobeisy has established himself as the leader in the field of Muslim counseling. Simply put, there is no other published book that examines the issues Kobeisy presents here with such clarity. This book will be required reading for years to come for counsellors and chaplains who work with Muslims, as well as Islamic religious and community leaders.
...An invaluable aid to a wide range of non-Muslim counselors of Muslims, including students, and to un-trained imams and other Muslim officials to whom their co-religionists frequently turn for counsel.