Islam and Social Work: Debating Values, Transforming Practice (BASW/Policy Press Titles)

Islam and Social Work: Debating Values, Transforming Practice (BASW/Policy Press Titles)

By: Basia Spalek (author), Fatima Husain (author), Sara Ashencaen Crabtree (author)Paperback

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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. Features: * only book specifically on social work with Muslim communities * describes the basic tenets of Islam and the daily practices and rituals of the faithful Muslim community * contextualises the historical legacy of Islam, examining the disparity between universal Islamic precepts and traditional practices * focuses specifically on family welfare, health, Islamophobia and crime as primary areas for practice. * includes case studies which help the reader explore and develop ideas for culturally congruent social work practice. This text provides 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.

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About Author

Sara Ashencaen Crabtree is a senior lecturer in Health and Social Work at Bournemouth University. Her previous academic posts were in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Fatima Husain's background is in family-based research and she is currently a senior researcher at The Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion, London. Basia Spalek is a senior lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Birmingham.


Introduction; 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; Conclusion.

Product Details

  • publication date: 02/07/2008
  • ISBN13: 9781861349477
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 208
  • ID: 9781861349477
  • weight: 318
  • ISBN10: 1861349475

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