Theorizing the notion of well‐being in Islam: An update of Ryff's theory of eudaimonic psychological well‐being

Koburtay, Tamer, Syed, Jawad and Salhi, Nidal Al (2022) Theorizing the notion of well‐being in Islam: An update of Ryff's theory of eudaimonic psychological well‐being. Journal of Community Psychology, 50 (5). pp. 2475-2490. ISSN 0090-4392

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Prior studies suggest that knowledge about workers' psychological well-being is overly focused on materialism or biologically-based understanding, not taking into account the role of spirituality in one's well-being. Drawing on Ryff's (1989) psychological well-being framework and using an interdisciplinary approach, this paper offers a model of 'well-being in Islam' through theorizing this concept from an Islamic lens and contextually studying the implications of Islamic practices and spiritual facilities for employees' psychological well-being in workplaces. Drawing on qualitative data collected from 22 employees, our model (findings) shows that worshipping Allah, contemplative practices, and patience are key elements of one's well-being. This paper also points towards the important role of specific spiritual provisions (e.g., designated rooms for prayer, prayer time and ablution facilities) and contemplative practices (e.g., ritualistic-cyclic, creative process, generative, movement practices, stillness, activist, relational) for Ryff's six dimensions of employees' eudaimonic well-being. This study is unique as it integrates the notion of well-being in Islam into management and organization studies and offers a novel and contextual extension of Ryff's theory by integrating a spiritual notion of well-being. In the end, theoretical and practical implications are offered.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Islam, Muslim majority countries, spirituality, well-being
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2022 09:39
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2023 08:00

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