Dimensions of Islamic Religious Healing in America

Marcia Hermansen

in Religion and Healing in America

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780195167962
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850150 | DOI:
Dimensions of Islamic Religious Healing in America

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This chapter considers frameworks and practices of religious healing among Muslims in Chicago, primarily South Asians and Arab immigrants and followers of various American Sufi movements. It contextualizes approaches to illness and wellness from Islamic perspectives and then reviews some traditional Muslim religious healing practices. The focus, however, is on aspects of spiritual healing, dream interpretation, and Sufi psychology. The chapter takes the perspective of an academic trained in the study of Islam who has lived for extended periods in Muslim societies, in particular Egypt, India, and Pakistan. The chapter describes personal and academic interest in Sufism, based on experience being a participant-observer of Western Sufi movements since the 1970s.

Keywords: Muslims; Chicago; Islam; South Asians; immigrants; illness; wellness; Sufism; religious healing; dream interpretation

Chapter.  6537 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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