Islam and Social Work

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  • Copyright: 2008-07-02
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In the post 9/11 world, with Muslim communities in the West experiencing Islamaphobia from sections of the public, and increasing surveillance and control by the state, 'integration' and 'multiculturalism' have become particularly important topics.Traditionally, equality and diversity issues have been addressed through the lens of race/ethnicity, and the faith identities of minority ethnic communities have been largely bypassed. But there is a need for policies and services that are sensitive to faith in general, and Islam in particular.

Author Biography

Sara Ashencaen Crabtree is a senior lecturer in health and social work at Bournemouth University. Her previous academic posts were in Southeast Asia and the Middle East Fatima Husain's background is in family-based research and she is currently a senior researcher at the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion, London Basia Spalek is a senior lecturer in criminology and criminal justice studies at the University of Birmingham

Table of Contents

List of case studies, figures and tablesp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Aims and scopep. 1
Definition of termsp. 5
Organisation of the bookp. 5
Addressing 'race' and ethnicity in social workp. 7
Social work, ethnocentrism and the influence of postmodernismp. 8
Reflectivity in social workp. 11
Sara's storyp. 12
Fatima's storyp. 14
Basia's storyp. 16
The Muslim ummah: context and conceptsp. 19
Introductionp. 19
The establishment of an Islamic communityp. 20
The Qur'an, the hadith and the shari'ap. 20
Islam and Muslimsp. 21
Fundamental principles of the ummahp. 23
Sacred spacesp. 26
Gender and Islamp. 28
Culture, faith and traditionp. 29
Denominational diversityp. 29
Nationalism and fundamentalismp. 31
Migration and Muslim communities in Europep. 32
Politicisation and the quest for identityp. 38
Human dignity and insan al-kamilp. 40
Social work education and Islamp. 43
Addressing discrimination in social work educationp. 43
Globalisation and social workp. 45
Teaching cultural diversityp. 47
Dominant pedagogiesp. 48
Social work valuesp. 49
Islamic valuesp. 52
The welfare of the communityp. 54
Individual freedom and social conformityp. 55
Conflict in valuesp. 56
Spirituality, epistemology and cosmologyp. 60
Assessments and cultural diversityp. 64
Gender relations and the centrality of the familyp. 67
Family morphologyp. 67
Marriagep. 73
Parenthood and child-rearingp. 76
Sexualityp. 78
Conforming to gender normsp. 80
Modesty and proprietyp. 81
Feminism and Islamp. 85
Working with familiesp. 91
Contemporary family conflicts: changing gender rolesp. 92
Family crisis due to 'unlawful' sexualityp. 93
Divorcep. 96
Domestic violence: forms and featuresp. 97
Spousal abuse in the Muslim communitiesp. 98
Obtaining helpp. 100
Sexual abuse of spousesp. 103
Forced marriage as domestic violencep. 106
Murder, 'honour' and domestic violencep. 108
Abuse of childrenp. 110
Adoption and fosteringp. 118
Health issues and Muslim familiesp. 123
Medicine in historical Islamp. 123
Faith, culture and healthp. 123
Reproductionp. 125
Genital mutilationp. 130
Disability and Islamp. 135
Mental health issuesp. 140
End of lifep. 146
Muslim communities, crime, victimisation and criminal justicep. 153
Introductionp. 153
'Race'/ethnicity and criminal justicep. 153
Muslim communities and victimisationp. 154
Muslim communities and crimep. 160
Muslim communities, prisons and rehabilitationp. 162
Concluding remarksp. 167
Reflecting on aimsp. 167
Values revisitedp. 167
Considering oppressionp. 168
Future directions for researchp. 170
Referencesp. 171
Indexp. 193
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