[Postponement of the start date] Academic Lecture Series: PSYCHOLOGY and ISLAM

Postscript Oct.10: The start date of this course has been postponed from October 11th to October 18th. Thanks for your comprehension.

Academic Lecture Series: PSYCHOLOGY and ISLAM

by Sevde Düzgüner, PhD
Assist. Prof. Marmara University Faculty of Theology, Department of Psychology of Religion
Short introduction of Sevde Düzgüner, PhD (PDF)

As a phenomenon experienced by human beings throughout her/his life, religion has been a subject of psychological research. Psychology of religion, a sub-branch of psychology, investigates the effects of belief or disbelief on human life. The emergence of psychology of religion is simultaneous with the emergence of psychology since the pioneers of psychology like Wundt, James, Watson, Freud, and, Maslow have included the religious beliefs in their studies. Up to now, numerous studies in the field of psychology of religion have shed light on the effects of belief or disbelief to a higher being on psychological elements such as emotions, thoughts, behaviors, attitudes, personality, identity, and coping strategies. Religious psychology has an important place in psychology of religion studies such as Buddhist psychology, Christian psychology, and Islamic psychology. These lectures will present both theoretical and empirical knowledge on the psychological background of religion and spirituality in different cultures. Focusing on Islamic psychology, the lectures will offer a psychological view of tasawwuf. Additionally, the thoughts of Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi, a well-known sufi, will be investigated from a psychological perspective depending on Whirling Dervishes Ceremony and Mathnawi stories.

11 Oct 18 Oct – Scientific Psychology of Religion and Religious Psychology
18 Oct 25 Oct – Islamic Psychology and Psychology of Tasawwuf
25 Oct 01 Nov – Psychology and Spirituality in the East and the West
01 Nov 08 Nov – Psychology of Tasawwuf and Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi
08 Nov 15 Nov – Whirling Dervishes and Mathnawi Stories from a Psychological Perspective

Every Sunday, 13:00 – 14:30
at Tokyo Camii Annex B1F, Ertuglul Hall | Online participation available (Zoom)
Language: English
Reservation required, 5,000JPY for five sessions altogether.
Participation certificates will be given to those who have taken all classes.

To sign up: info@tokyocamii.org