Respect for religiosity: Review of faith integration in health and wellbeing interventions with muslim minorities

Helen McLaren, Emi Patmisari, Mohammad Hamiduzzaman, Michelle Jones, Renee Taylor

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Integration of religion in community health and wellbeing interventions is important for achieving a good life among faith-based populations. In countries hosting Muslim-minorities, however, relatively little is reported in academic literature on processes of faith integration in the development and delivery of interventions. We undertook a review of peer reviewed literature on health and wellbeing interventions with Muslim-minorities, with specific interest on how Islamic principles were incorporated. Major databases were systematically searched and PRISMA guidelines applied in the selection of eligible studies. Twenty-one journal articles met the inclusion criteria. These were coded and analyzed thematically. Study characteristics and themes of religiosity are reported in this review, including the religious tailoring of interventions, content co-creation and delivery design based on the teachings from the Quran and Sunnah, and applicability of intervention structures. We reviewed the philosophical and structural elements echoing the Quran and Islamic principles in the intervention content reported. However, most studies identified that the needs of Muslim communities were often overlooked or compromised. This may be due to levels of religiocultural knowledge of persons facilitating community health and wellbeing interventions. Our review emphasizes the importance of intellectual apparatus when working in diverse communities, effective communication-strategies, and community consultations when designing interventions with Muslim-minority communities.

Original languageEnglish
Article number692
Number of pages19
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2021

Bibliographical note



  • Community health
  • Health promotion
  • Intervention
  • Islam
  • Minority
  • Mosque
  • Muslim
  • Religion
  • Social welfare
  • Social work
  • Welfare
  • Wellbeing


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