Title

Guest Editors’ Introduction: Mental Health of Muslim Refugees and Forced Migrants: Practice, Theory, and Research

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Journal of Muslim Mental Health

Publication Date

2010

Date Added

2022-09-01

Abstract

Due to recent political and economic instability, poverty, natural disasters, and wars in countries with majority Muslim populations, the number of Muslim refugees and IDPs around the world has increased significantly (United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, 2010); over 70% of the world's recent refugees are Muslim (Maloof & Ross-Sheriff, 2003). Muslim refugees, like refugees and IDPs of other faiths, struggle with challenges in meeting basic needs such as shelter, income, education, health, and security. They experience trauma and serious mental health problems. However, their experiences and the mental health effects of forced migration have only recently become the focus of mental health educators, practitioners and researchers. The research literature has neglected to discuss the distinctive aspects of Islam and Muslim peoples’ spiritual traditions that enable them to cope with the mental health problems of displacement.

DOI

10.1080/15564901003643231

Keywords

Health

Disciplines

Social Work

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