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An introduction to Islamic understandings of mental health

Dr Yusuf explains how mental health and mental health problems are, and always have been, recognised in Islam.

In this video, Dr Yusuf explains how mental health and mental health problems are, and always have been, recognised in Islam.

Both the Quran and Hadith include references to the emotional lives of humans. The earliest of Islamic scholarship makes recommendations for both the prevention and treatment of mental health problems using biological, psychological and spiritual approaches. Dr Yusuf gives examples of the scholarship of key Islamic scholars Abu Zayd al-Balkhi and Imam al-Ghazali.

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If you would like to learn more about Islamic approaches to mental health, please watch this recording of a seminar by Dr Yusuf, jointly organised by the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK and MIND Cymru: Shaykh Dr Asim Yusuf: Approaches to Depression and Anxiety in Classical Islam.

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