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Malik Badri

Malik BadriProfessor Dr. Malik Badri obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Leicester, England in 1961 and his Postgraduate Certificate of Clinical Psychology from the Academic Department of Psychiatry of the Middlesex Hospital Medical School of London University in 1966. He was elected Fellow of the British Psychological Society in 1977 and holds the title of Chartered Psychologist, C.Psychol. In recognition to his contributions in his field he was awarded an honorary D.Sc. from Ahfad University and in 2003 was decorated by the President of Sudan with the medal of Shahid Zubair, the highest award for academic excellence. Professor Badri is the founder of the modern field of Islamic Psychology and has written many influential books, including The Dilemma of Muslim Psychologists, which revolutionized and defined the field. Professor Badri is the founder and President of the IAIP.

Mustafa Merter

mustafa merterDr. Nesip Mustafa Merter, a native of Istanbul, Turkey trained as a medical doctor and received his PhD in Psychiatry in Zurich, Switzerland from Burghölz Psychiatric Hospital. In 1987, he returned to his native Turkey, where he established his private practice in the coastal city of Bodrum. Influenced by the Jungian and Existential Analysis schools, he later translated his experiences into the field of Transpersonal Psychology from a perspective of Sufism. His work highlights the connection with Sufism and psychology and elaborates the connection of Qur’an, hadith and Muslims scholars into his work in psychotherapy. He is currently working on a psychological taweel of the Holy Qur’an. Dr. Merter is the author of the popular book published in Turkish, Nefs Psikolojisi and he is the founder and president of the Turkish Transpersonal Psychology and Psychiatry National Association.

Rasjid Skinner

Rajsid skinnerProfessor Abdur Rasjid Skinner obtained his M.A. in Anthropology and Abnormal Psychology from Queen's University Belfast. He is a practicing Clinical Psychologist who served for many years as as a consultant psychologist at Lynfield Mount Hospital and now works with Ihsaan, a Bradford based clinic that offers Islamically-based psychological therapies. He is a lecturer at Sheffield University, and at the Cambridge Muslim College in the United Kingdom where he oversees and teaches the IAIP certified course titled Islamic Psychology and Islamic Psychotherapy. Abdur Rasjid is a visiting professor in clinical psychology to the University of Karachi in Pakistan and is a member of the British Psychological Society. He is the author of the papers, An Islamic Approach to Psychology and Mental Health (2010) and Tradition, Paradigms, and Basic Concepts in Islamic Psychology (1989) and has been an influential contributor and pioneer in the field. Professor Skinner is a Senior Director of the IAIP.

Abdallah Rothman

Abdallah RothmanObtained his M.A. in Psychology from Antioch University and is a PhD candidate in Psychology at Kingston University London. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Board Certified Registered Art Therapist (ATR-BC) with 15 years experience as a practicing counseling psychologist. Abdallah was an adjunct faculty member at George Washington University and he established Shifaa Integrative Counseling, a private practice offering Islamically integrated psychotherapy to the Muslim community in Washington DC. Abdallah’s clinical practice as well as his academic research focus on approaching counseling from within an Islamic paradigm; and establishing an indigenous Islamic theoretical orientation to human psychology that is grounded in the knowledge of the soul from the Islamic tradition. He is the Executive director of the International Association of Islamic Psychology and currently resides in the UAE.

Elham AbuBaker

Elham abuBakerDr. Elham Abubaker received her PhD in psychology from King Abullah University in 2002. She is a practicing psychologist with over thirty year’s experience treating clients with Islamic psychotherapy and has complied the largest body of documented case notes in the field of applied Islamic psychology. Her research on the psychology of Imam al Ghazzali was one of the first to identify the significant relevance of application to treatment models for modern psychology. Dr. Elham’s work in the development of indigenous Islamic treatment methods has been recognized by the royal family in Saudi Arabia and she has earned several awards for her innovative clinical approaches. Dr. Elham is a Senior Director of the IAIP, overseeing aspects of the association that relate to clinical practice and Islamic theory.

Hooman Keshavarzi

Hooman KeshavarziDr. Hooman Keshavarzi is a Licensed Psychotherapist, holding a Psy.D and a Masters in Clinical Psychology. In addition to his academic training, he has studied Islamic theology both formally and informally. He is currently a visiting scholar at Ibn Haldun University (Turkey), Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Argosy University Chicago, American Islamic College, Hartford Seminary, instructor of psychology at Islamic Online University and founding director of Khalil Center – the first Islamically oriented professional community mental wellness center and largest provider of Muslim mental healthcare in the US. He is also a fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding at the Global Health Center, conducting research on topics related to Muslims and Mental Health. Hooman Keshavarzi is an international public speaker and trainer and has authored several published academic papers in peer-reviewed journals on the integration of Islamic spirituality into modern psychological practice.

Yasien Mohamed

Yasien MohamedDr. Yasien Mohamed is Senior Professor of Arabic & Islamic Philosophy, Department Foreign Languages at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), South Africa. Professor Mohamed took his doctorate from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. He is a founding member of the International Society of Islamic Philosophy. Mohamed received the international annual prize for his book, The Path to Virtue, from the Islamic Republic of Iran. His publications include:  Fitrah: The Islamic Concept of Human Nature (1996);  The Path to Virtue: The Ethical Philosophy of al-Raghib al-Isfahani: A translation, with Critical Introduction, of Kitab al-Dhari’ah ila makarim al-Shari’ah (2006); Psychology of Personality: Islamic perspectives, ed. Y. Mohamed and A. Haque (2009).

Imam Mohamed Magid

Imam mohamed magidImam Mohamed Magid is the Executive Imam of All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center in Sterling, Virginia. He is the Chairman of International Interfaith Peace Corps (IIPC) and the former President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). He is also the Chairman of Muflehun, a think tank which focuses on confronting violent extremist thought through research-driven preventative programs within a religious paradigm. Imam Magid has a long history of commitment to mental health in the Muslim community through his involvement in organizations, such as The Peaceful Families Project. He has co-authored three books: ‘Before You Tie the Knot: A Guide for Couples’, ‘Reflections on the Qur’an’, and ‘Change from Within’. He has helped in organizing training and workshops for Imams and religious leaders, domestically and internationally, on the issue of violence against women. Imam Magid is the recipient for the Washingtonian of the Year 2009 and the Human Rights Award 2005 from Fairfax County, Virginia.

Carrie York Al-Karam

Carrie yorkDr. Al-Karam is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Departments of Religious Studies and International Studies at the University of Iowa. She has interests in the areas of Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, Islamic Psychology and Muslim Mental Health, and Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy. She is also Director of Al-Karam for Islamic Psychology. Coming from a multi-disciplinary academic background, she has a PhD in Psychology, an MA in Middle East Studies, and a BA in International Studies. Originally from upstate NY, she lived abroad for nearly 17 years in places such as the United Arab Emirates (10 years), Lebanon, Turkey, France, Russia, Latvia, and Singapore. Her co-edited books are Islamically Integrated Psychotherapy: Uniting Faith and Professional Practice (Templeton Press, 2018) and Mental Health and Psychological Practice in the United Arab Emirates (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015).

Hakim Archuletta

Hakim ArchulettaHakim Archuletta has worked within the healing arts profession for over 30 years. He studied homeopathy in the early 70's and continued his studies in the Middle East, England and North Africa. In 1978, Archuletta went to Pakistan and studied there with various Hakims (traditional Islamic doctors). His main teacher was Hakim Taqiuddin Ahmad at the Nizami Dawakhana, where he also learned Pharmacy in the Unani tradition. In 1980, he began teaching students privately and established a Family practice clinic in Santa Barbara California. Since then he moved to Abiquiu, New Mexico where he began extensive work as counselor, consultant and Hakim/Homeopath. More recently his work focuses on trauma and he was trained in the methods of Dr. Peter Levine and others. He has conducted workshops and lectured at University of California Berkeley, Harvard, Wellesley, Stanford, UCLA, University of Houston and many others.

Yusuf Jha

Yusuf JhaYusuf Jha is a doctoral candidate in Islamic Theology at the University of Nottingham whose research focuses on the interplay between Islamic spirituality and transpersonal psychology. He is a trainee Mufti and translator at the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments (AWQAF, Abu Dhabi), wherein he specializes in matters related to the local English speaking community. Engaged in a pastoral role as a leader of Friday prayers/sermons, being authorized to deliver one of the few English Friday sermons in the region, he seeks to promote a non-sectarian, contemplative methodology of Islam rooted in its classical and spiritual traditions, positively engaged with society, and appreciative of human diversity. Jha is also the author of numerous articles on Islamic Economics, Islamic Spirituality/Psychology and Ecology; many of which have been compiled in his forthcoming book The Way of Return: Responding to Economic and Environmental Injustice Through the Wisdom Teachings of Islam (IAIS Malaysia).

Muhammad Khalily

Muhamnad KhalilyDr. Muhammad Tahir Khalily is Professor and Chair of Psychology & Director of Academics at the International Islamic University Islamabad, Pakistan. He was Head and Senior psychologist at Roscommon Mental Health Service and clinical supervisor of the school of psychology at the National University of Ireland Galway Republic of Ireland. Dr. Khalily is qualified in Siegfried Othmer Neurofeedback (Non invasive treatment for a range of psychiatric disorders). He is executive member of Pakistan Psychological Association, Associate Fellow of Psychological Society of Ireland and Chartered member of British Psychological Society. Dr. Khalily has published many works on the use of indigenous Islamic therapeutic techniques and is a member of the IAIP advisory board.

Alizi Alias

Alizi AliasDr. Alias is an assistant professor at the Department of Psychology, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), where he teaches courses on Psychology from an Islamic perspective. He obtained his double degrees in Islamic Revealed Knowledge and in Psychology from IIUM, a Master’s degree in Applied Psychology from University of Surrey, and a doctoral degree from University Kebangsaan Malaysia. Dr. Alias has published several academic papers on the integration of secular psychology and Islamic psychology, and the development of Islamic Psychology curriculum in higher education, including authoring several chapters in the book 'Psychology from an Islamic perspective: A guide to teaching and learning' (2009).

Rania Awaad

Rania AwaadUstadha Dr. Rania Awaad is a medical doctor with a specialty in Psychiatry. She completed her Psychiatric residency and fellowship training at Stanford University where she is currently on the faculty as a Clinical Instructor in the Stanford Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences department. Dr. Awaad has been honored to receive Ijaazah (authorization to teach) several branches of the Shari’ah sciences at the hands of many renowned scholars, including many female scholars. Her interests include addressing mental health care concerns in the Muslim community- particularly that of Muslim women and girls. Other on-going endeavors include the compilation of manuscripts addressing female-related mental health and medical issues from a fiqh-oriented perspective. She currently serves as the Director of the Rahmah Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching Muslim women and girls traditional Islamic knowledge. Ustadha Rania is both a wife and a mother; she has been counseling and teaching women classes on Tajwid, Shafi’i Fiqh, Ihsan, marriage and raising children since 1999.

Suleyman Derin

SULEYMAN DERINDr. Suleyman Derin, a native of Istanbul Turkey, graduated from the Faculty of Theology and completed his PhD at Leeds University, UK. His thesis was titled “Towards Some Paradigms on the Sufi Conception of Love: From Râbia to Ibn al-Fârid”. Since then, he has been teaching in Marmara University, the Faculty of Theology, in Istanbul. Currently, he is a full time professor in Marmara University. Dr. Derin has authored several books and articles in the field of Sufism. His research interests focus on Sufi Psychology and he hosts a radio program titled “Sufism and Psychology”. Some of his articles include; “The Self and the Other in Ibn Arabi and Rumi” and “Spiritual Psychology and Al-Ghazali”.