People have been trying to connect and communicate with the Divine and the deceased since the dawn of time. Prayers and rituals of various sorts have tried to not only interact with those who have passed on but have tried to influence the Divine, the saints, and departed to act in ways that benefit the living. Prayers for salvation, deliverance from troubles such as illness and traumas, as well as for insight, inspiration, wisdom, and for other needs are common. And experiences and desires for visitations from ghosts, angels, saints, deceased friends and relatives, and the Divine are common too. There appears to be a longstanding, multicultural and multi-faith, and perhaps innate psychological desire to communicate with God and the departed to help better understand, manage, and cope with the various challenges of the living. And clinically, those who are grieved long to connect with loved ones who have passed on.
In this volume, edited by Dr. Thomas Plante and Dr. Gary Schwartz, chapters explore the topic of Human Interaction with the Divine, the Sacred, and the Deceased: Psychological, Scientific, and Theological Perspectives.
As it relates specifically to Islam, Dr. Hasan Awan and Dr. Carrie York Al-Karam are researching Islamic psychological and theological perspectives on prayer and communication with the Divine, the sacred, and the deceased and will present their findings in this edited volume published by Routledge, 2021.