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Developing positive emotions by listening to Islamic talks on the Internet

Fontaine, Rodrigue Ancelot Harvey (2011) Developing positive emotions by listening to Islamic talks on the Internet. In: 3rd Conference of the International Association of Muslim Psychologists , 6-8 December, 2011, Senate and Banquet Halls, IIUM.

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Abstract

This study explores the ‘broaden-and-build’ theory of positive emotions (Cohn & Frederickson, 2009) with students at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). 206 students from IIUM taking management courses completed an assignment in which they had to listen to one Islamic talk on the Internet a week for at least 12 weeks. This author created a blog with links to good Islamic websites. For control purposes, students could only access the sites linked to the blog. At the end of the semester, students submitted their reflections. The quantitative data shows that 80% of respondents developed positive outcomes. The qualitative data shows that students seem to deal with personal difficulties in a more constructive way. Seeking answers to questions they have about Islam and re connecting with the Qur’an were two recurring themes in the respondents’ reports. This author speculates that an Islamic version of ABCD can be devised. The results, the implications and the limitations of this study are discussed.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Full Paper)
Additional Information: 6302/8586
Uncontrolled Keywords: Islam, emotions, positive psychology, Qur'an
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF636 Applied psychology
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences > Department of Business Administration
Depositing User: Dr. Ridhwan Fontaine
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2011 15:01
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2011 15:01
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/8586

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