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Working with Muslim Students

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Durriya Meer

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Beyond jihad: Understanding the Muslim world
Durriya A. Meer, Psy.D.
Johns Hopkins University
"30 second public service announcement on Islam"
What is Islam?
Two major sects:
Sunnis and Shia

85% vs. 15%
Succession after Mohammad
The 5 pillars of Sunni belief
Faith or belief in the Oneness of God and the finality of the prophet hood of Muhammad;
Establishment of the daily prayers;
Concern for and alms-giving to the needy (zakat);
Self-purification through fasting;
The pilgrimage to Makkah for those who are able

Muslims in the USA
Being targeted for a hate crime
Finding a job
Presenting concerns that may increase religious-cultural conflicts
Sexual orientation
Dating and pre-marital sex
Bi-cultural conflicts
Religious/spirituality concerns
**Eating disorders**

3rd of the Abrahamic religion
Core beliefs
One God - Allah
Mohammad - Rasul
Quran (Koran)
1.6 billion Muslims (23%)
2nd largest religion after Christianity
Indonesia - largest Muslim population
Iran and Turkey
Prescriptive and proscriptive

2 biggest fears?
Who are Muslims?
The 7 pillars of Shia belief
Walayat (love/devotion)
Taharat (purity)
Sala’at (prayers)
Zaka’at (tith)
Sawm (fasting)
Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca)
Jihad (struggle

How can a UCC and its staff support Muslim students?
1. Proactively connect with Muslim groups (not just as a reaction to events)

2. Connect with faculty, staff and organizations (the local mosque)

3. Professional development for staff and interns

1. All Arabs are Muslims

Mohammad (AS)?
Common misconceptions
2. Islam is a monolithic religion
4. Muslims are recent immigrants
3. Muslims worship a different God
5. Muslim women have no rights
What do these words mean?
Iman Abdulmajid
Moji Olaiya
Zayn Malik
Casey Kasem
Anousheh Ansari
Sunni Shia
Majority Minority

Wahabi Ismaili
Alevi Dawoodi
Understand basic concepts in Islam

Prepare clinicians for working with Muslim trainees/students

Strategies to support Muslim trainees and students in current environment

1. Gender relationships - concept of purdah/
2. Prayer times
3. Religious days/periods
4. Use of right vs left hand
5. Eye contact
6. Physical touch -Hand shakes, hugs
7. Social events - alcohol, pork, halal food
Factors to consider when working with Muslim students

All Muslims are Arabs
6. Jihad means Holy War
7. Stoning to death/cutting of hands is a punishment that is acceptable in Islam.

8. Polygamy is regularly practiced in Islam.

9. Muslim women must be covered (wear hijab, abaya, burqa)
at all times.

Identity crisis

12. Use of language/terms

8. Importance of culture
9. Family systems
10. The role of religion
10. Islam promotes honor killing of women.

11. Ramadan is a month of not eating and drinking.
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