Qur'anic healing for spiritual ailments: Between tradition, religious law and contemporary law

Oren Asman*

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Abstract

Qur'anic healing [al'ilaj bi-lqur'an] is a traditional spiritual healing method based on the Qur'an. It is practiced in various Muslim communities for the treatment of mental afflictions and other ailments. Through Qur'anic healing, the wider issue of religious and cultural related healing is presented, and the question of possible cooperation between physicians and healers is raised. Using a criminal court case brought before the Israeli Supreme Court in the mid 1950s, the legal and ethical aspects of practicing Qur'anic healing are discussed, including: healers' liability, right to practice healing and legal "risks" involved in various methods of treatment. The legal analysis is based both on Israeli and Muslim law, demonstrating how similar legal results may be achieved through different legal systems and practices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-284
Number of pages26
JournalMedicine and Law
Volume27
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Blood money
  • Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)
  • Egypt
  • Ethno-medical ethics
  • Ethno-medicine
  • Islam
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Liability
  • Majnun
  • Mental health
  • Negligence
  • Qur'an
  • Qur'anic healing
  • Religious healing
  • Traditional healing

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