Book review: Psychology from the Islamic perspective

Psychology from the Islamic Perspective is a long awaited book that helps in satisfying the long quest endured by Muslim psychologists. Quite often, materials in this field are written from secular perspective. The author begins her book by clearly stating its objectives namely, to describe and detail Islamic perspectives on psychology, mental health and well-being, to present a number of contemporary scientific evidences that verify the miracles of the Qur’ān and to further remind readers of the potential for self-transformation that Islam offers. In line with these objectives, the author adopts an analytical and descriptive methodology. This book contains nineteen chapters with a total of 351 pages. For this review, these chapters will be reclassified as some of them share similar themes. In the introductory chapter, the author initially defines psychology from both Western and Islamic perspectives. Without denying the contributions of modern psychology, she highlights its greatest weaknesses, especially when its major schools disregard the reality (ḥaqīqat) of human being; specifically the soul (rūḥ), rendering man as nothing more than his physical body, emotion, thought and behaviour (p. 29). She then suggests a comprehensive Islamic definition of psychology, consisting of “the study of the soul; the ensuing behavioural, emotional, and mental processes; and both the seen and unseen aspects that influence these elements (p. 34).” Human nature, which is discussed in the second chapter, is a very essential topic in Psychology. 

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