Academic journal article The Journal of Educational Research

Religious Thinking and Social Attitude: A Case Study of Pakistani University Students

Academic journal article The Journal of Educational Research

Religious Thinking and Social Attitude: A Case Study of Pakistani University Students

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Introduction

Other than education, religiosity has been anticipated as an additional source of good life (Peterson & Webb, 2006). Numerous studies believed that religious individuals are better in health, having good physical fitness and even live long life (McIntosh & Spilka, 1990; Williams & Stemthal, 2007). Supporting this opinion, Pendleton (1990) embraced that such individuals show larger amounts of pleasure, happiness and satisfaction with life. They have brought down suicide rates (Helliwell & Putnam, 2004) and higher efforts against life misfortunes. An investigation led by Morgan and Stemk (2010) takes up the question on impact of preservationist religiosity and its concerns for attitude formation towards science and nature. Outcomes of their study uncover that the general population who are religious assume a critical part in framing attitude towards science and society.

To investigate relationship amongst religiosity and education, Barro and McCleary (2006) proposed a clarification of positive relationship between them. They inferred that more instructed people are moderately equipped for logical, conceptual and social considerations. They may have the capacity to justify religious beliefs in this regard. Wang, Jing-Ru Lin and Sheau-Wen (2009) oppose that if the students are given good environment, their behavior will doubtlessly be created towards a decent sense. Merrill, Read, and Le Cheminant (2009) additionally reasoned that religiosity plays out a key part in enhancing the personal satisfaction of good life.

Religiosity, in its widest nature, is a systematic sociological term used to indicate the various aspects of religious actions, commitment and principles (religious theory). In its different sense, religiosity bargains more with how much religious a human being is, and less with how an individual is religious in preparing certain observances, restating assured myths, venerating certain symbols (Hill & Hood, 1999; Brink, 1993). In such manner, the discoveries of Abdel-Khalek (2010) uncovers that religiosity might be considered as a remarkable part of and a contributing component to personal life satisfaction among Muslim students. Along these lines, Islamic beliefs and practices may possibly be coordinated in the psychotherapeutic approaches among Muslim patrons. One of the conspicuous elements impacted by the religion is the state of attitude development. It is a phenomenon we can rely on as a lifetime partner. It is based upon our desires, discernments, and meaning of reality (Grimme & Grimme, 2010). A few researchers do trust that attitude formation might be intrinsic or may have organic starting points (Eagly & Chaiken, 1993).

Former studies about religiosity and life among college graduates have been recorded in a considerable group of the Muslim nations. Such kind of work was conducted by Tiliouine and Belgoumidi (2009) who investigated the connections between religiosity meaning in life and subjective wellbeing in a sample of Muslims residing in Algeria. The results demonstrate that religiosity fundamentally contributes in giving benevolence in social life. However, Krech (2008) presents the outcomes from the European viewpoint. He demonstrates that effect of religious range can't be totally disposed of. Individual experiences with various religious preferences appear to influence both religiosity and social attitude. Henningsgaard and Amau (2008) focused their study on Christian college students and called attention to constructive relationship among religiosity, deep sense of creature and enormous five identities attributes i.e. extraversión, suitability, good faith, openness and neuroticism.

The circumstance in Pakistan is critical in this situation. There are affirmations of radicalism and fear based oppression in Pakistani society. In the perspective of Human Rights Documentation Center (2001), the entire world takes a gander at Pakistan as the place that is known for the general population having outrageous and narrow minded mentality. …

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