Nebi-Musa: A Therapeutic Communuity for Drug Addicts in a Muslim Context

Alean al-Krenawi, John R. Graham

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‘Maqam Al-Nebi Musa’ an eight-centuries old Muslim religious site located between Jerusalem and Jericho, is analyzed as a drug rehabilitation therapeutic community (TC). Male recovering addicts visit the site for upwards of 6 months, and follow a five-stage therapeutic program. The TC was initiated by, and is led by, five Sufi mystics, themselves former addicts. Its therapeutic significance is analyzed in the context of Muslim religious teaching and rituals, traditional Arab culture, and community and familial support systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-391
Number of pages15
JournalTranscultural Psychiatry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1997


  • Islam
  • Sufism
  • substance abuse
  • therapeutic community

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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