Evil Eye, Jinn Possession, and Mental Health Issues raises awareness of the cultural considerations, religion and spirituality involved in the assessment of Muslim patients with mental health problems. The belief that Jinn spirits can cause mental illness in humans through affliction or possession is widely accepted among Muslims, meaning this belief is a crucial, but frequently overlooked, aspect of mental health problems with Muslim patients in psychiatric care. This book explores the nature of such beliefs, their relationship to mental health and the reasons for their importance in clinical practice.

The book argues that it is vital to consider mental disorders as a multifactorial affair, in which spiritual, social, psychological and physical factors may all play a role. It suggests differential diagnostic skills may have an important part to play in offering help to those who believe their problems are caused by possession, and provides accessible literature on clinical issues and practice, interventions, management and evidence-based practice to help health workers achieve a better understanding of Muslim beliefs about possession and how to work with patients that hold such beliefs.

Evil Eye, Jinn Possession, and Mental Health Issues is an essential manual for mental health professionals, social workers and psychologists. It should also be of interest to academics and students in the healthcare sciences.

part I|74 pages

Context and background

part II|110 pages

Evil eye and Possession Syndrome

chapter 7|12 pages

Evil eye and envy in Islam

chapter 8|13 pages

Evil eye

Diagnosis, symptoms and protections

chapter 9|11 pages

The world of Jinn

chapter 10|9 pages

Existence and types of Jinn

Evidence from the Qur’an, Sunnah and scholars

chapter 11|14 pages

Dissociative disorders and Jinn possession

chapter 12|11 pages

Obsessive-compulsive disorder

Islamic manifestations

part III|117 pages

Prevention, therapeutic and spiritual interventions

chapter 16|9 pages

Understanding the Muslim patient

A framework for assessment and diagnosis

chapter 17|13 pages

Therapeutic interventions

Spiritual dimensions

chapter 22|13 pages

Islamic counselling

The Dodo Bird revival

chapter 25|14 pages

Facing the challenges

Strategies and solutions