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Prayer and healing in Islam : with addendum of 25 remedies for the sick by Said Nursi
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xx, 164 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
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Praying for health is a significant Islamic custom alongside seeking medical treatment, and has become a vital part of Muslim culture. This book focuses on: the methodology and criteria of praying for health, and the results of a study on the effect of prayer on Muslim patients' well-being.

Author Notes

Dr. Salih Ycel is a lecturer in the Centre for Studies in Religion and Theology at Monash University, Australia. His current research is about Memories of early Muslim immigrants in Australia.He is also a consultant to Australian Intercultural Society and working on a research about how dialogue can be promoted between Muslims and non-Muslims.

Table of Contents

Tablesp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Chapter I Introductionp. 1
Statement of the Problemp. 5
Hypothesisp. 6
Limitationsp. 6
The definition of prayerp. 7
Prayer in Islamp. 8
Significance of the Studyp. 11
Chapter II Literature Reviewp. 13
Introductionp. 15
Theological Considerationsp. 15
Healing in the Qur'anp. 15
Healing in the sunnahp. 21
Theoretical Considerationsp. 24
Islamic sourcesp. 24
Muslim scholars on healingp. 26
Current research on prayer and healingp. 29
Sufism and healingp. 32
Western sourcesp. 34
Insignificant negative effectsp. 37
Fatalistic thinkingp. 37
Amulets (ruqya) and talismansp. 39
Superstition and folk culturep. 39
Summaryp. 41
Chapter III Methodologyp. 43
Introductionp. 45
Research Designp. 45
Participantsp. 47
Description of Sessionsp. 48
Data Analysisp. 49
Summaryp. 50
Chapter IV Research Findingsp. 51
Part I

p. 53

The participantsp. 53
Results of the preliminary surveysp. 54
Results of religious post-test surveysp. 64
Results of non-religious post-test surveyp. 68
Part II

p. 70

Descriptive statistics for preliminary and post-protocol questionnairesp. 70
Correlational analysisp. 71
Prayer and non-religious text conditionsp. 72
Continuous variablesp. 73
Level of religiosity following prayer session and non-religious text conditionp. 73
Histograms: continuous datap. 75
Dichotomous variablesp. 78
Bar charts: dichotomous datap. 80
Vital signs following prayer and control conditionsp. 84
Summaryp. 85
Chapter V Discussion of Findingsp. 87
Introductionp. 89
Patients' Response Patterns on Surveysp. 89
Analysis of Preliminary Survey Response Patternsp. 90
Religiosity/Spiritualityp. 91
Analysis of Religious Post-test Surveyp. 92
A Comparison of Religious and Non-Religious Survey Datap. 93
Physical effectsp. 94
Vital signsp. 96
Summaryp. 98
Chapter VI Conclusionp. 109
25 Remedies for the Sickp. 113
Definition of Islamic Termsp. 139
Appendixesp. 143
Sourcesp. 157
Indexp. 163