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Religion and spirituality in coping with advanced breast cancer: perspectives from Malaysian Muslim women


Ahmad, Farizah and Muhammad, Mazanah and Abdullah, Amini Amir (2011) Religion and spirituality in coping with advanced breast cancer: perspectives from Malaysian Muslim women. Journal of Religion and Health, 50 (1). pp. 36-45. ISSN 0022-4197; ESSN: 1573-6571


This article is part of a larger study on the role of spirituality in coping with breast cancer among Malaysian Muslim women. The study seeks to reveal the meaning of the experience through the stories of three Muslim women surviving advanced breast cancer, to better understand the deep meanings that inform their experiences with spirituality and transformation as they cope with the challenges of breast cancer. Data were gathered using in-depth interview. Qualitative methods were used in identifying two themes—illness as an awakening and hope and freedom comes from surrendering to God. The themes were discussed in the context of two broad areas: (1) what are the new meanings these women discovered in their experiences with cancer; and (2) how did the new meanings change their lives? The study suggests that cancer survivors’ experiences with cancer and their learning processes must be understood within the appropriate cultural context. This is especially so for spirituality. The common emphasis of spirituality on relationship with God, self and others, may significantly influence how people learn to live with cancer.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Educational Studies
Faculty of Human Ecology
Institute for Social Science Studies
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10943-010-9401-4
Publisher: Springer
Keywords: Spirituality; Islam; Muslim; Breast cancer
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2015 07:31
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2015 07:31
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/40360
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