Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 57, Issue 3, pp 849–857 | Cite as

Understanding Mind/Body Medicine from Muslim Religious Practices of Salat and Dhikr

  • Arthur SaniotisEmail author
Psychological Exploration


There has been an increasing medical interest in Muslim religious practices in promoting well-being. Central to Muslim religious practices are salat (prayer) and dhikr (chanting). These two religious forms may be argued as comprising elements of mind/body medicine due to their positive effect on the psychoneuroimmunological response. The aim of this article was to further understand the mind/body aspects of Muslim salat and dhikr.


Al-tibb al-jismani Al-Tibb al-Ruhani BDNF Psycho-physical well-being 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Medical SciencesUniversity of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia

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