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Religious socialization in Iranian Islamic girls schools


Jafari, Fakhereh Khatibi and Krauss, Steven Eric and Suandi, Turiman (2016) Religious socialization in Iranian Islamic girls schools. Asian Social Science, 12 (8). pp. 56-63. ISSN 1911-2017; ESSN: 1911-2025


Although Iran’s educational system is not secular in character, many Iranian parents prefer to send their children to private Islamic schools. It is widely assumed that such schools are more effective in socializing their students toward the Shiite worldview. To date, no known studies have been conducted to investigate the impacts of the Islamic schools’ formal and informal religious education on Iranian youths’ religious commitments and preferences. In short, this article focuses on how attending private Islamic schools in Iran impacts on the construction of students’ religious beliefs and attitudes. A qualitative, phenomenological methodology was employed with thirty former students of Islamic girl schools, aged 20 to 25 years old. Overall, the findings contrast somewhat with the existing literature by demonstrating that in most of our study participants, attending Islamic schools influenced future religious preferences and commitments by increasing unpleasant feelings and critical attitudes toward religion in general, and the Islamic-Shiite religious worldview specifically.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Educational Studies
Institute for Social Science Studies
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.5539/ass.v12n8p56
Publisher: Canadian Center of Science and Education
Keywords: Religious socialization; Religious education; Islamic girls schools; Young Iranians; Islamic-Shiite worldview
Depositing User: Nurul Ainie Mokhtar
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2018 09:39
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2018 09:39
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/53769
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