Course ObjectiveThe student:
1. Knows the theorization on the function of Islamic spiritual care
compared to other disciplines and denominations.
2. Knows the theorization on different situations of people in care
institutions, prisons etc. and the ways they address and articulate
questions on life and faith.
3. Has insight in what contemporary Islamic spiritual care is (not)
about, such as the relation between spiritual care and psychotherapy or
‘Islamic’ alternative medicine and how it is organized in the
4. Is aware of ethical and Islamic jurisprudential dilemmas in different
contexts of Islamic spiritual care (health care, army, prison) and is
able to formulate an authentic position in these matters from a
spiritual caregiver’s perpsective.
6. Is able to theoretically reflect on the hermeneutical and relational
challenges of spiritual caregiving to non-Muslims as caregiver with a
7. Is able to employ the acquired knowledge about the theory of Islamic
spiritual care with own discretion and
propositions reaching a profile of a Muslim spiritual caregiver.
8. Is able to present the profile of a Muslim spiritual caregiver, to be
engaged in dialogue about it with other students and, if necessary,
9. Is able to explore source texts from Islam’s discursive tradition
regarding Islamic spiritual care, to analyze them textually and
conceptually and, where necessary, to make use of them during the
follow-up research or professional practice.
Course ContentThis course contains both a conceptual and textual study on the
framework of Islamic spiritual care. The key question is: What is the
Islamic spiritual care and what are the main roles and duties of a
The course deals with the Islamic discursive tradition on spiritual life
and in which way
traditional textual sources of Islamic spirituality can be used in the
practice of the Islamic caregiver. Students explore in which
ways the textual sources of Islamic spiritual life can be activated in
life questions among clients of Islamic spiritual care, and how
questions of theology, like theodicy, can play a role in the work of the
The course also focuses on ethical and Islamic jurisprudential (fiqh)
dilemmas in the work of a Muslim caregiver, specifically related to
Islamic medical ethics (abortion, euthanasia, organ donation etc.),
questions of Islamic jurisprudence and ethics in prison (Islamic rituals
behind bars, questions of guilt and punishment) and in the army
(questions of loyalty and subordination, combat ethics, PTSD).
The course ends with some substantial points of attention and discussion
about 'interfaith' spiritual care and working in a predominantly
non-Muslim institutional environment.
The overall acquired knowledge and insights will result in two final
with own judgments and statements about the professional profile of
Islamic spiritual care.
Teaching MethodsLectures and seminars, literature study, presentations,
assignments and final paper (see course outline on Canvas).
Method of AssessmentTwo final papers (75%); presentation (15%);
attendance and assignments (10%).
Literature- Ajouaou, M., Imam achter tralies, (phd), Universiteit Tilburg, 2010
(Engish edition: Imam Behind Bars, Creatspace, 2014).
- Reader (will be delivered by the teacher).
Target AudiencePart of the specialization Spiritual Care (Islam), but open to other
Additional Information• Successful completion of this course is a prerequisite for following
an internship (stage) on Islamic spiritual care.
Recommended background knowledgeDepending on the student’s choice, the admission requirements for the
Spiritual Care and/or the Research MA program apply for this course as
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Religion and Theology|
|Course Coordinator||dr. P. Coppens|
|Examiner||dr. P. Coppens|
dr. P. Coppens
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