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Working with Muslim Students
Transcript of Working with Muslim Students
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;
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
Factors to consider in treatment:
Importance of culture
The role of religion
Use of language/terms
Presenting concerns that may increase religious-cultural conflicts
Dating and pre-marital sex
3rd of the Abrahamic religion
One God - Allah
Mohammad - Rasul
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
Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca)
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
2. All Muslims are Arabs
3. Islam is a monolithic religion
4. Muslims are recent immigrants
5. Muslims worship a different God
6. Muslim women have no rights
What do these words mean?
Understand basic concepts in Islam
Prepare TDs/interns for working with Muslim trainees/students
Strategies to support Muslim trainees and students in current environment
1. Gender relationships - concept of purdah/
modesty for Muslim women
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 in training and supervision