Islam and social work

Debating values, transforming practice

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

208 pages
Paper $32.95 ISBN: 9781861349477 Published July 2008 For sale in North and South America only
Traditionally, equality and diversity issues have been addressed through the lens of race/ethnicity, and the faith identities of minority ethnic communities have been largely bypassed. But, particularly post 9/11, there is a need for policies and services that are sensitive to faith in general, and Islam in particular.Encouraging greater cultural competence, this unique book enables social work practitioners to gain a deeper understanding of how Islamic principles inform and influence the lives of Muslim populations and illustrates how this can be translated into professional practice. This is the only book specifically on social work with Muslim communities and describes the basic tenets of Islam and the daily practices and rituals of the faithful Muslim community. It contextualises the historical legacy of Islam, examining the disparity between universal Islamic precepts and traditional practices and focuses specifically on family welfare, health, Islamophobia and crime as primary issues for practice. The book includes case studies which help the reader explore and develop ideas for culturally congruent social work practice.This is a key text for all social workers interested in professional intervention with faith communities. As such, it is as equally relevant for social work students, as it is for experienced practitioners and educators.


The Muslim Ummah: context and concepts

Social work education and Islam

Gender relations and the centrality of the family

Working with families

Health issues and Muslim families

Muslim communities, crime, victimisation and criminal justice


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