Islamic Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Islam: Cultural and Clinical Dialogues

Islamic Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Islam: Cultural and Clinical Dialogues

by Ian Parker (Editor), Sabah Siddiqui (Author)


This pioneering volume brings together scholars and clinicians working at the intersection of Islam and psychoanalysis to explore both the connections that link these two traditions, as well as the tensions that exist between them.

Uniting authors from a diverse range of traditions and perspectives, including Freudian, Jungian, Lacanian, Object-Relations and Group-Analytic, the book creates a dialogue through which several key questions can be addressed. How can Islam be rendered amenable to psychoanalytic interpretation? What might an `Islamic psychoanalysis' look like that accompanies and questions the forms of psychoanalysis that developed in the West? And what might a `psychoanalytic Islam' look like that speaks for, while perhaps even transforming, the forms of truth that Islam produces?

In an era of increasing Islamophobia in the West, this important book identifies areas where clinical practice can be informed by a deeper understanding of contemporary Islam, as well as what it means to be a Muslim today. It will appeal to trainees and practitioners of psychoanalysts and psychotherapy, as well as scholars interested in religion and Islamic studies.


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Format: Illustrated
Pages: 190
Edition: 1
Publisher: Routledge
Published: 11 Dec 2018

ISBN 10: 0367086743
ISBN 13: 9780367086749

Media Reviews

A real contribution in times of rapid social change, this book sheds new light on the complex relationships between Islam, understood as a religion and host culture, and psychoanalysis. Destined to be controversial and enlightening, this remarkable collection of essays exposes open and subtle forms of mutual engagement, appropriation and transformation behind this encounter. A much-needed corrective to conventional understandings, this timely volume reveals the dynamic and subversive logic of psychoanalysis when thought of outside its secular adaptations, and beyond enduring references to Greek mythology and Judeo-Christian symbolism. This book is a must read. --Andrea Mura, Goldsmiths, University of London

Author Bio
Ian Parker is a psychoanalyst in Manchester, and Sabah Siddiqui is a researcher and author of Religion and Psychoanalysis in India (Routledge, 2016). They are both members of the Discourse Unit and Manchester Psychoanalytic Matrix.