Interview with Dr. Nausheen Pasha-Zaidi: A positive Islamic identity


  • Nausheen Pasha-Zaidi University of Houston-Downtown, Houston, USA


wellbeing, identity, culture, Islam, religion, positive psychology, diversity, positive Islamic identity


In this volume of the Middle East Journal of Positive Psychology, we explore the views, hopes, and current research agendas of those working to advance knowledge in the field of positive psychology within the MENA region, or who research aspects of culture and religion relevant to it. We uncover their thoughts on the current status of knowledge as well as what opportunities and pitfalls exist. Here, we discuss with Dr. Nausheen Pasha-Zaidi, her thoughts on religion, culture, and wellbeing, as well as her upcoming research on the development of a positive Islamic identity.

Author Biography

Nausheen Pasha-Zaidi, University of Houston-Downtown, Houston, USA

Dr. Nausheen Pasha-Zaidi now teaches Psychology at Houston Community College and the University of Houston-Downtown. She spent almost eight years in the United Arab Emirates working as an educator and teacher trainer, specializing in English language learners. Her research focuses predominantly on Muslim culture and practices. Most recently, she co-edited an anthology of personal narratives on hijab and veiling (Pasha-Zaidi & Pasha, 2017) that reflects the experiences of contributors from around the world, including many from the MENA region. Her upcoming work will focus on the development of a Positive Islamic Identity concept.


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How to Cite

Pasha-Zaidi, N. (2017). Interview with Dr. Nausheen Pasha-Zaidi: A positive Islamic identity. Middle East Journal of Positive Psychology, 3(1), 32–35. Retrieved from



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