Islamic Counselling Today: The Case Of Domestic Violence by Nazila Isgandarova
A Thesis submitted to the Faculty of Emmanuel College and Graduate Centre for Theological Studies of the Toronto School of Theology In partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Theology awarded by the University of St. Michael’s College
ISLAMIC COUNSELLING TODAY: THE CASE OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
By using the case of domestic violence against Muslim women, this study attempts to reconcile the newly emerging Islamic practical theology with the findings and theories of contemporary social sciences and open space for the discussion on critical
praxis. From this perspective, this study should be treated as an Islamic practical theological inquiry about the lived experience of the Islamic tradition and its application in Islamic counselling with Muslim women who are subject to domestic violence.
It is especially concerned with the exploration of possible meanings and models of interventions in Islamic counselling practice with women.
I argue that in Islamic counselling, the Muslim counsellor should support the client by engaging in a holistic examination of the world view, personhood, and understanding of social and religious obligations of Muslim women in order to achieve optimal physical, mental, and spiritual health.