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Culture Care Conflicts among Asian-Islamic Immigrant Women in US Hospitals

Rashidi, Anahita RN, MSN; Rajaram, Shireen S. PhD

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Muslims follow their Islamic traditions as they integrate into the US society. Islamic beliefs are reflected in everyday life, and care is viewed within a holistic context. A lack of understanding of Muslims and their cultural and religious traditions contributes to potential conflicts in health care. The five concepts of Islamic beliefs from the religious texts of the Qur'an, Sunnah, and Hadith will be discussed followed by the implication of these beliefs for clinical practice. Knowledge of these Islamic cultural and religious beliefs will help reduce potential culture care conflicts among Asian-Islamic immigrant women in US hospitals.

Staff Nurse, Methodist Richard Young Mental Health Hospital, Omaha, Nebraska and Graduate Student, University of Nebraska, Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska (Rashidi)

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Nebraska, Omaha, Nebraska and Associate Professor, Department of Preventive and Societal Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska (Rajaram)

Acknowledgments The primary author would like to thank the following for assisting us with the manuscript. Feedback on the manuscript: Professors Ruth Duque, Adriel Baltimore, A. Adala, Andrea Lang, Steve Lang; Kathy, Philip, Mike, Lorie & Dale McMurray, Mrs. Michelle O'Connor, Jackie Neil, David Carter, Willa Moss; the Islamic community: Imam Abdul Kareem Muslim Billal of AL-Dar-ul-Huda Masjed, Brothers and Sisters Lotfo-Allah Wali, Sabilah Billal, Najwa Butler, Zafirah Bilquis, Hajjah N'zinga Al'Shams, Aminah Muslimah, Sadaqh, Gabrielle, & Muhammad Gage, Shawn & Jasmine Jackson, Dal'mar McCreary, Preston G, Rakeem J.JR. Malik C, Zafeirah G, Nazoria G, Yoli & Ebrahim Pauszak, Jamie Jaques, Joseph Pastuszak, Awad Berruin, Halah Shahin, Hesham, Ghadir, Mohamed, & Ahmed ELresaey, Halah Mehrez, Mohsen, Ahamad, Mohamed, & Amer Saleh, Ali & Jackie, Mehrez; for library assistance: Steven Bridges, Marcy Melingagio, Jill Banaszak, & Sue Clark (University of Nebraska Medical Center), Scott Mahoney, Barbara Sousa (Metropolitan Community College); Special thank to Diane Morrell the primary author mentor. Omaha Breast & Cervical Cancer Coalition: Velma Frizzel, Dorothy McClain, Lennie Davis & Davis, Virginian Jefferson & Jefferson, Vira Brooks, Mary Zoleny, Frough Khorasani, Toni, Mary & Nathan Siahpush, Amineh, Mohammed, & Ali Niromand Rad; editorial support: Mrs. Loretta Hardy.

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