Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The effects of ruqya on a non-Muslim: A multiple case study exploration
by York, Carrie M., Ph.D., Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, 2011, 123; 3450366
Abstract (Summary)

Ruqya is an Islamic prayer modality that uses verses of the Qur’an or supplications of Prophet Mohammed for healing. This investigation explored if ruqya could be effective on a non-Muslim using a multiple case study methodology with 2 adult participants. Participant 1 presented with lower back pain and recurring urinary tract infections. She also wanted healing for stress related to work as well as anxiety regarding her children's exams. Participant 2 wanted healing for a lifelong issue of rejection from people who do not understand her and then reject her based on that misunderstanding. She was also grieving the loss of her partner who had been killed in an accident 3 months prior to the beginning of the study and wanted further healing for that. Participants underwent a pretreatment interview, one ruqya treatment administered by a professional raqi (a person who does ruqya, often a sheikh), a posttreatment interview 1 day following the treatment, and a follow-up interview 2 weeks posttreatment. Both participants described a strong physical response to the ruqya. Participant 1 felt a strong energy from the raqi come up her hand and arm. Participant 2 said she thought ruqya was an Islamic version of reiki, a Japanese energy modality. Participants also had a powerful dream following the treatment that was meaningful and healing. Participants felt that their presenting complaints had a positive improvement or healing as a result of the ruqya treatment. The results suggest that ruqya can be an effective healing modality for a non-Muslim. Another finding is that ruqya seems to be a universal healing modality in that it responds to the particular healing needs of the person receiving it.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Perez-Chisti, Ana
Commitee: Lewis, Charlotte, Yucel, Salih
School: Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
Department: Global Psychology with a concentration in Transpersonal Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 72/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion, Alternative Medicine, Psychology
Keywords: Complementary and alternative medicine (cam), Islamic healing, Islamic prayer, Ruqya, Universal healing
Publication Number: 3450366
ISBN: 978-1-124-58953-4
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