Dermatological Implications of the Taqiyah and Imamah: Recommendations for Delivering Culturally Conscious Care

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Background and objective The growing cultural and religious diversity in healthcare settings necessitates clinicians to integrate cultural competence and sensitivity into their practice. Despite significant research focusing on the hijab worn by Muslim women, there is a gap in understanding the dermatological implications of the taqiyah and imamah, worn by Muslim men. In light of this, this study aimed to offer insights into delivering culturally conscious dermatological care for Muslim men wearing these garments, thereby bridging a crucial knowledge gap. Materials and methods The study employed a comprehensive research strategy that encompassed both medical literature and foundational Islamic texts. PubMed, Web of Science, and Scopus were used for medical literature searches, while al-Maktabah al-Shamela and, along with Quranic and Hadith translations were consulted for religious insights. A thematic analysis was employed to identify patterns, challenges, and unique points, ensuring a holistic understanding of the subject. Results Our findings revealed that wearing a taqiyah or imamah has both beneficial and detrimental dermatological effects, depending on factors such as climate, fabric, and hygiene practices. While the garments are rooted in Islamic tradition, their use varies based on cultural context rather than strict religious guidelines. Moreover, gender dynamics and the concept of privacy ('awrah) within Islamic teachings have implications for healthcare interactions. The study offers practical guidelines for dermatological care tailored to Muslim men wearing a taqiyah or imamah. It emphasizes the importance of material choice, hygiene practices, and the willingness of many Muslim men to be accommodating in medical settings, albeit with some reservations. The paper also discusses the role of telemedicine in culturally sensitive healthcare delivery, recommending measures such as secure communication channels and self-imaging options. Conclusion The paper provides comprehensive recommendations aimed at delivering culturally and religiously sensitive dermatological care to Muslim men wearing a taqiyah or imamah. By integrating both medical best practices and a nuanced understanding of Islamic customs, healthcare providers can foster a more trusting and effective care relationship, thereby improving patient satisfaction and dermatological outcomes.





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