Psychology from the Islamic Perspective
By Dr. Aisha Utz
Hardback 351 pages
Publisher: International Islamic Publishing House (IIPH)
About The Book
Psychology is one of the most intriguing scientific disciplines as humans are inherently curious about their own nature. Ironically, there are a multitude of theories and explanations that mislead and confuse the very same creatures that they are meant to describe.
Allah has blessed us with guidance in all facets of our lives, including that of our own souls and psyches. Islam offers an uncomplicated, comprehensive, and precise theory of our spiritual nature, our purpose and priorities in life, and how we can attain serenity and happiness in this life and the next.
This book is a humble effort to expound upon the true conceptualization of human psychology, mental health an well being based upon the Qur’an and Sunnah. Moreover, Dr. Utz includes specific references to scientific research that corresponds to, and builds upon, what is already known from revelation.
While this book does not indent to provide comprehensive coverage of psychology, it does cover the main topic of the discipline
- an introduction to psychology;
- the true nature of human; personality;
- the forces working on the soul : motivation, emotion, intelligence, reason and wisdom;
- learning and modelling;
- the trial and tribulation of life;
- consciousness, sleep, and dreaming;
- life span development;
- social psychology;
- Satan, jinn(non-human, rational beings created by Allah from fire), and humans; abnormal psychology and mental illness;
- counselling and psychotherapy;
- attainment of peace and serenity;
- and the benefits of worship.
About The Author
Dr. Aisha Utz (formerly Aisha Hamdan) is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in the College of Medicine at King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She has a PhD. in Clinical Psychology from West Virginia University and a BA in Islamic Studies from the American Open University.
She has written several journal articles related to the topic of psychology in Islam and presented these ideas at regional and international conferences. Dr. Utz is Associate Editor of the Faith-Based Practice section of the Journal of Muslim Mental Health. She has developed several courses in psychology for the Islamic Online University, and is currently developing a research program to study the relationship between religiosity, religious coping, and mental and physical health in Muslim populations.
IIPH is pleased to have published her first book, Nurturing Eeman in Children (under the name Dr. Aisha Hamdan).
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