The Islamization of Psychology: Its “Why”, Its “What”, Its “How” and Its “Who”

Prof. Malik Badri

In preparing this keynote address, I have deliberately followed a simple easily comprehendible style that I hope would help to clear up the cloud of confusion that has fogged the concept of Islamization now for many years. In doing so I have referred to some illustrative personal experiences from my long years of teaching, researching and Islamizing of psychology. I assure the audience that I am mentioning these personal experiences only to make myself understood. I am already approaching my seventieth birthday and I am no longer the young person competing for academic superiority nor am I the one whose main motive is to seek applaud and aggrandizement. In fact during the last five or six years I have become progressively interested in areas other than psychology. Philosophy, the history of Islamic medicine and Sufism are gradually taking me away from my specialization and I am now being more frequently invited to attend and to read papers in medical conferences in comparison to those in psychology. The paper I am presenting is a summary of a book with the title, ”Out of the lizard’s hole ”which I am now writing in answer to my good friends who told me and wrote that, “Malik Badri, in his Dilemma of Muslim psychologists convinced us that we are in a lizard’s hole, but he did not tell us how to get out of it”. Having said that, let us turn to a summary of my paper on the “Why, what, how and who of Islamization”.