Interview with Dr. Richard J. Estes: Exploring wellbeing, social progress, and terrorism

Richard J. Estes

Abstract


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. Richard J. Estes, his thoughts on social wellbeing in Islamic nations and how the threat of terrorism can be understood via this lens.  


Keywords


wellbeing; quality of life; social progress; terrorism; Arab Spring

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