Social Work and the House of Islam: Orienting Practitioners to the Beliefs and Values of Muslims in the United States.
Social Work 2005, April, 50, 2
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As a consequence of immigration, conversion, and comparatively high birth rates, the Muslim population in the United States is growing rapidly (Melton, 1999; Smith, 1999). Estimates of the number of Muslims in the nation range from one (Kosmin & Lachman, 1993) to 11 million (Haddad, 1997), with most authorities suggesting a population of 4 to 6 million (Ahmed, 1995; Denny, 1995; Eickelman, 1998; Richards & Bergin, 1997; Smith). Although the Muslim community approximates the size of the Jewish population (Richards & Bergin), relatively few articles have appeared in the social work literature on this group (Canda & Furman, 1999). Having a basic cognizance of the tenets of the Islamic worldview may be especially important in the eyes of Muslims. Kelly and colleagues (1996) found that 86 percent of Muslim respondents considered it important that counselors understand Islamic values. Because of the distinct nature of the Islamic value system, at least a cursory knowledge of the Islamic cosmology is required for effective practice with Muslims (Mahmoud, 1996), a fact implicitly recognized by the NASW Code of Ethics (NASW, 2000, Section 1.05(c)), which stipulates that workers should attempt to procure competence in the area of religious diversity.
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- Category: Social Science
- Published: 01 April 2005
- Publisher: National Association of Social Workers
- Print Length: 32 Pages
- Language: English