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Volume :36 Issue : 137 2010      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Superstitions in Kuwaiti Society between Belief and Practice : A Field Study

Auther : Dr. Khalid M. Al-Rumaidhi - Dr. Meznah S. Al-Azmi

     This study examines superstitions in Kuwaiti society based on a random sample of 1570 male and female participants from different governorates in Kuwait. It employs a descriptive approach to analyze the extent of the spread of this phenomenon, the degree of Kuwaiti individuals’ belief in it, and the causes lying behind it. To achieve these objectives, we designed and administered a questionnaire. The results showed that superstitions are still widely spread in Kuwaiti society although most of the participants in this study do not belief in them. Nevertheless, some of the participants follow superstitions and sometimes practice them.

     The analysis of demographic factors in this study showed a statistically significant difference in favor of females and the governorate of Kuwait City as to belief in superstitions. The study also showed that the transmission of customs and traditions from one generation to another is the most influential factor for the spread of superstitions. Finally, this research recommends that the role of religious institutions be activated in order to combat superstitions, which contradict both Islamic values and teachings.

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