Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9781447330103 Published February 2017 For sale in North and South America only
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Islam and Social Work

Culturally Sensitive Practice in a Diverse World

Sara Ashencaen Crabtree, Fatima Husain, and Basia Spalek

Islam and Social Work

Sara Ashencaen Crabtree, Fatima Husain, and Basia Spalek

Distributed for Bristol University Press

224 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2017
Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9781447330103 Published February 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9781447330097 Published February 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Social services have typically addressed equality and diversity issues through the lens of race and ethnicity, while the faith identities of minority ethnic communities have been largely bypassed. But in our contemporary world, there is a strong need for policies and services that are sensitive to faith in general and to Islam in particular. This unique book enables social work practitioners to gain a deeper understanding of how Islamic principles inform and influence the lives of Muslim populations. Designed to support work with families and faith communities, it examines religious precepts, cosmologies, philosophies, and daily practices, while acknowledging cultural variants and population heterogeneity. The second edition includes a comprehensive update of the research literature; detailed description and explanation of contemporary social work practice with Muslim service users, using an updated and expanded collection of international case studies; and new sections on religious extremism, aging, and end-of-life care. The only book specifically addressing social work with Muslim communities, Islam and Social Work provides an essential toolkit for culturally sensitive social work practice.
Contents
List of case studies, figures and tables
Acknowledgments
 
One Introduction
Aims and scope
Definition of terms
Organisation of the book
Addressing ethnicity in social work
Social work, ethnocentrism and the influence of postmodernism
Reflectivity and reflexivity
Sara’s story
Fatima’s story
Basia’s story
Tracey’s story
 
Two The Muslim ummah: context and concepts
Introduction
The establishment of an Islamic community
The Qur’an, the hadith and the shari’a
Islam and Muslims
Fundamental principles of the ummah
Sacred spaces
Gender and Islam
Culture, faith and tradition
Denominational diversity
Nationalism and fundamentalism
Migration and Muslim communities in Europe
Politicisation and the quest for identity
Islamophobia
Human dignity and insan al-kamil
 
Three Social work education and Islam
Addressing discrimination in social work education
Globalisation and social work
Dominant pedagogies
Indigenisation, authenticisation and localization
Social work values
Islamic values
Welfare of the community
Individual freedom and social conformity
Conflict in values
Spirituality, epistemology and cosmology
Assessments and cultural diversity
 
Four Gender relations and the centrality of the family
Family morphology
Marriage
Parenthood and child-rearing
Sexuality
Conforming to gender norms
Modesty and propriety
Feminism and Islam
 
Five Working with families
Contemporary family conflicts: changing gender roles
Problematic parenting
Family crisis due to ‘unlawful’ sexuality
Divorce
Domestic violence: forms and features
Forced marriage is domestic violence
Murder, ‘shame’ and domestic violence
Abuse of children
Accommodation of Muslim children
Adoption and fostering
 
Six Muslim families and health
Medicine in historical Islam
Faith, culture and health
Reproduction
Genital mutilation
Disability and Islam
Mental health issues
 
Seven Ageing and end of life
Ageing trends in the UK
Global implications for ageing populations
Models of care
Health and social care systems
Cultural competence in elderly care
Islamic constructions of ageing
Al-Asr: The late afternoon of old age
End of life and coping with death
 
Eight Muslim communities, crime, victimization and criminal justice
Introduction
Ethnicity and criminal justice
Muslim communities and victimization
Muslim communities and crime
Muslim communities, prisons and rehabilitation
 
Nine Concluding
Remarks
Reflecting on the journey
Revisiting the terrain
Acknowledging faith
Future directions
 
References
Index
 
Review Quotes
David J. Gaylard, University of Chichester
“This excellent teaching and learning aid provides students with an insightful understanding of the Islamic faith to take forward into social work practice.”
David Pitcher, UK Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service
“A really valuable and up-to-date resource that addresses all fields of social work. It gets at the questions that practitioners actually ask.”
Professional Social Work, on the first edition
Islam and Social Work is certainly an interesting and informative read, whether for the social worker or a broader range of practitioners.”
Ravinder Barn, Royal Holloway, University of London, on the first edition
“With the emergence of Muslim communities in Western societies, and in the context of Islamophobia, multiculturalism vs. social cohesion, and secularism vs. religious identities, this book makes an important contribution to our understanding of culturally competent approaches in social work practice.”
Robert Adams, University of Teesside, on the first edition
“This book will be an invaluable resource for social workers wishing to come to grips with the complexity and range of different Islamic beliefs and to gain a critical understanding of how they affect practice.”
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