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The Mindful Muslim is an Inspirited Minds podcast that hosts raw, open, and honest conversations on various topics within the sphere of mental health, psychology, Islam and spirituality.

This month, we spoke to Dr. Tarek Younis, who is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Middlesex University. He researches and writes on Islamophobia, racism in mental health, the securitisation of clinical settings and the politics of psychology. He teaches on the impact of culture, religion, globalisation, and security policies on mental health. As a registered clinical psychologist, he primarily attends to experiences of racism, Islamophobia, and state violence in his private practice.

He has recently launched his book called The Muslim, State and Mind: Psychology in Times of Islamophobia.

Our conversation delved into:

  • His latest book and the inspiration behind it
  • His opinions on the apt definition of Islamophobia and the impact it has on Muslims on a personal and interpersonal level
  • The intricate link between Islamophobia and psychology, and how trauma is intertwined with this
  • His experience with victims of Islamophobia and how marginalisation impacts Muslim access to mental health services
  • His personal journey towards psychology, politics and mental health
  • & so much more!

You can reach find Dr. Tarek’s book at:

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Sivan Kader

Sivan is a Biomedical Sciences and Clinical Neuroscience graduate from Queen Mary, University of London and King’s College London. She hopes to combine her learning from personal experience with mental illness, with the passion to drive positive change, to ultimately empower others to take care of their mental wellbeing. With a background in research, and having worked with a social enterprise, she has joined Inspirited Minds to help shed light on mental health stigma in the Muslim community, in particular, and work towards encouraging dialogue, empathy, and compassion.

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