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Religiosity and social problems in Malaysia

Md. Noon, Hazizan and Haneef, Mohamed Aslam and Abdullah Yusof, Selamah and Mohd Amin, Ruzita (2003) Religiosity and social problems in Malaysia. Intellectual Discourse, 11 (1). pp. 77-87. ISSN 0128-4878

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This study analyzes the views of Malaysian teenagers on selected aspects of religion and its impact on their involvement in social problems. Religiosity is conceptualized as consisting of ideological, ritualistic, intellectual, experientiaL and consequential dimensions. It is measured in two ways: l) the overall measure of religiosity (for both Muslims and non Muslims which excludes ideological), and 2) the measure of religiosity for Muslims only (which includes ideological. The research, based upon a questionnaire administered to 2869 secondary school children, found that each component is positively correlated with the overall measure of religiosity. It also reveals that the more religious the person is, the less he or she becomes involved in social problems. Thus, religion plays an important role in contemporary Malaysian society and it should be given due emphasls in Malaysia's nation building and developmental activities.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 225/17858
Uncontrolled Keywords: religiousity, social problems, Malaysia
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
K Law > KBP Islamic Law > KBP1 Islamic law.Shariah.Fiqh > KBP174 Observances and practice of Islam
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Depositing User: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hazizan Md. Noon
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2013 12:06
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2013 12:12
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/17858

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