Dr. Paul Priester, in his review of The Crescent and the Couch: Cross-Currents Between Islam and Psychoanalysis, asks " … whether it is possible to present Islam or any religion for that matter in a positive light when operating from a psychoanalytic perspective. Khalili has suggested that if a psychologist starts with a model of psychology based on secular presuppositions, it is impossible to subsequently view religious belief or practice in a healthy light (Priester, Khalili, & Luvathingal, 2008)."
In this age of multicultural concern, have we achieved a respectful understanding of the role of religion in human existence? Have psychologists achieved greater understanding of some religious traditions compared to others?
By Paul Priester
PsycCRITIQUES, 2008 Vol 53(52)