The following articles are original papers prepared for the 2020 Hurma Project Research Conference


Insights into the Psychological Sequelae of Spiritual Abuse

Tabish Riaz MD, Rania Awaad MD
Stanford Muslim Mental Health Labs

Download the accompanying article to this presentation here: Riaz and Awaad – Psychological Sequelae of Spiritual Abuse

About the authors:

Dr. Tabish Riaz became interested in psychiatry at a very young age as he observed several mental health issues go unaddressed in the Muslim Community. After completing his MD at the American University of the Caribbean, he was thrilled to join Dr. Rania Awaad’s Muslim Mental Lab at Stanford University and conduct research on how to develop interventions to treat and prevent mental health tragedies in Muslims effectively.

Dr. Rania Awaad, M.D. is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Stanford University School of Medicine where she is the Director of the Muslim Mental Health Lab and Wellness Program and Co-Director of the Diversity Clinic. She is also the Clinical Director of the San Francisco Bay Area branches of the Khalil Center, a spiritual wellness center pioneering the application of traditional Islamic spiritual healing methods to modern clinical psychology. Prior to studying medicine, she pursued classical Islamic studies in Damascus, Syria and holds certifications (ijaza) in Qur’an, Islamic Law and other branches of the Islamic Sciences. In addition, she serves as the Director of The Rahmah Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating Muslim women and girls. Dr. Awaad is a nationally recognized speaker, award-winning teacher, researcher and author in both the Islamic and medical sciences.
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Responding with RAHMA – Removing Roadblocks for Muslim Survivors of Sexual Violence

Nadiah Mohaji, MPH

Sameera Qureshi, MS

Responding with RAHMA-Removing Roadblocks

You can download the article by click on the following link: Responding with RAHMA-Removing Roadblocks

About the authors:

Nadiah Mohajir, MPH

Biography coming soon.

Sameera Qureshi, MS

Sameera’s professional work started 2007, in Calgary, Canada, as a school-based Occupational Therapist. Sameera continued to work within Muslim communities in Calgary until 2015. During this time, she also became connected with a US-based national non-profit, HEART, which exclusively focused its work on sexual health education and violence prevention in Muslim communities. Sameera transitioned out of HEART in August 2020. Her goal is to find a new way of being and working that honors her need for balance and spiritual reflection. She started Sexual Health for Muslims as a means to fulfill this need. Sameera is working to provide accessible and spiritually-grounded sexual health education for Muslims, from the comfort of their home – all through online platforms. You can read more about Sameera by clicking here.

Project Apology Guide

Arij Elmi
Foreword by Dr. Katherine Bullock and Dr. Ingrid Mattson

Project Apology is a research study and podcast which was founded by Arij Elmi, she shares interviews of women who have experienced psychic trauma in her podcast. You can listen to the episodes by clicking here, or by copying and pasting the following link in your browser:

Dr. Ingrid Mattson has written a forward to the Project Apology Guide, which you can read below along with the full Project Apology: The Guide.


Project Apology Guide

You can download Project Apology: The Guide by clicking here.

About the author:

Arij Elmi is a social worker, psychotherapist, and doctoral candidate in Social Justice Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Her research is situated at the intersections of decolonial humanism, Critical Muslim Studies and Islamic Feminism. Her research has focused on Black and racialized experiences of fatigue, Muslim engagement in pre- and post-marital counseling, and the affective life of Islamophobia. She serves as a board member of both the Tessellate Institute and Hard Feelings Mental Health.