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Introduction To Special Section: Islam And Mental Health: Fertile Ground For Research

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The religion and spirituality literature in the United States is dominated by research using Christian samples, and using methodologies and instruments based on western interpretations. Few researchers examine the role of faith on health outcomes, at least in the U.S., with Muslim groups. Unfortunately, this leaves a theoretical and methodological bias that needs to be resolved, and because with the growth of Islam globally it becomes increasingly important that we begin to determine its influence on human behaviors. This chapter introduces a specific section of Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion which attempts to reduce this bias. The purpose of the special section is to present the impact of Islam in a variety of mental health areas. It is hoped that this special section begins or continues to stimulate interest in Muslim mental health issues.

Keywords: Islam; Muslim Mental Health; Social Scientific Study



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