This volume is long overdue. It is urgently needed to fill a vacuum in the counseling literature and to enhance practitioners' effectiveness in assisting their Muslim clients through these difficult times. In the aftermath of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, American Muslims became doubly victimized. In addition to the grief and shock, among other traumatic consequences, of the terrorists' attacks, American Muslims have been suffering from hate and hate-related crimes against their persons and institutions. The ability of American Muslims to cope with the stressors and demands of new challenges has been negatively impacted because of, among other things, the lack of availability of information on Muslims' values, practices, and cultures and how such information is utilized in the development of sensitivity and professionalism in mental health fields and settings.
Although this book focuses on American Muslims, it broadens the concepts and practical experiences of multicultural counseling. No doubt the American demographic structure is changing rapidly. In a few years or decades, it is expected that whites will no longer be the majority. The ranking of various minority groups with respect to population numbers will also change. The majority will, therefore, be from nonwhite, nonEuropean backgrounds. The Muslim community in the United States is also changing rapidly. Being one of the fastest-growing communities and religions in the world and in the United States, Islam now has more adherents in the United States than Episcopalians and soon will outnumber the Jewish population—if it has not done so already.
American Muslims are culturally and religiously diverse. Therefore, by