Call For Book Chapter Proposal: Working with Muslim Clients in the Helping Professions

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Call for Publications
January 25, 2019
United States
Subject Fields: 
Health and Health Care, Psychology, Public Health, Research and Methodology, Social Work

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: January 25, 2019
Full Chapters Due: March 10, 2019
Submission Date: May 21, 2019


Members of the Muslim community are a visible, growing and diverse segment of the population in North America and Europe who share some common values, norms, and challenges as a result of their religious identity. Helping professionals with little experience working with Muslims may face their own challenges understanding the unique needs of clients who may share a set of religious values, but are also influenced by factors such as cultural background, education level, language, and status as an immigrant or native, and level of religious adherence. Cultural and religious beliefs, stigma, bias and misunderstanding can all create barriers between helping professionals and their clients, and reduce utilization of services. Within the Muslim community in North America and Europe, persistent fears of discrimination and negative stereotyping can also have an impact on help-seeking and service utilization. This books seeks to present research and evidence-based practice to bridge the gap in knowledge for helping professionals.


The goal of this volume is to prepare helping professionals in areas such as social work, human resources, counseling, palliative care, nursing, public health, guidance counselors, funeral services, life coaches, and other related areas to understand pertinent issues that may impact their success working with Muslim clients. This book will provide research and application to act as a resource for individuals engaged in professions that involve working with diverse populations, and address contemporary issues that impact the full and successful utilization of human services by Muslims living in non-Muslim majority countries.

Target Audience

The target audience for this book are professionals and researchers working in the helping professions including but not limited to human services domains such as social work, foster care, adoption, and hospital social work, public health educators, guidance and school counselors, clinical mental health practitioners, addictions counselors, marriage and family therapists, nurses, individuals working in end of life care including assisted living and hospice services, human resource directors, individuals working with refugees and asylum seekers, doctors and other health care practitioners, life coaches, and related areas. This book will appeal to those with limited knowledge of Islam and Muslims or those who are interested in contemporary issues facing this population. This book will provide insight on core aspects of Muslim identity and specific cases of how these core values and issues translate to different areas of human service.

Recommended Topics

  • Islamic Beliefs & Practices
  • Islamophobia, post 9-11 and current issues
  • Refugees, Asylum Seekers, and Migration Trauma
  • Traditional Islamic Beliefs about Mental Illness
  • Bias and Stereotyping
  • Community Health
  • Working with Mosques and Imams in Social Work, Health, or Mental Health interventions
  • Islamic treatments and interventions
  • Help-seeking preferences and Stigma
  • Religious Coping
  • Assessing Acculturation & Religiosity
  • Gender Norms and Cultural Aspects of Communication
  • Foster Care and Muslim families
  • Islam and Social Work
  • Nursing considerations with Muslim patients
  • Life coaching and Muslim Client
  • Adoptions and the Muslim Community
  • Muslims and End of Life Care
  • Marriage Counseling
  • Muslim Employees: Considerations for Human Resources
  • Muslim Clients in the Funeral Industry
  • Counseling the Muslim client
  • Muslim Children and Families and the School System
  • Public health education
  • Substance abuse
  • Suicide
  • School Counseling and Muslim students


Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before January 25, 2019, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by February 25, 2019 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by March 10, 2019, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project. 

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Working with Muslim Clients in the Helping Professions . All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process. 

All proposals should be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery®TM online submission manager.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2019.

Important Dates

Important Dates 
January 25, 2019: Proposal Submission Deadline 
February 25, 2019: Notification of Acceptance 
March 10, 2019: Full Chapter Submission 
April 23, 2019: Review Results Returned 
June 4, 2019: Final Acceptance Notification 
June 18, 2019: Final Chapter Submission

Contact Info: 

Anisah Bagasra 
Assistant Professor of Psychology 
Department of Psychological Science

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Room 195, MD 2202 
Kennesaw, GA 30144

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