Technology and religion: Information seeking behaviour of online religious information among Malays

Haslin Hasan, Hamdzun Haron

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Abstract

Prior to the digital era of 21st century, the religious sources for st many were consistent with Malay-Islam traditional authority such as the local ulama or recognized institution. This paper seeks to understand and describe the online religious content and behaviour of Malaysian Muslims in searching of online religious information. Data collected through interviews of 10 individuals from Generation X and Y purposely selected with different religious and ideological background. Usability such as the type of the information need, frequency of usage, dependency, channels and applications used were analyzed. Their searching procedural such as criteria of the information and the information source, information selection, information avoidance, information exchange and information overload handling were analyzed too. Respondents were asked on their motivation remaining with the traditional sources or against it. The findings show that the current behaviour of religious seeking information has drifted away from its traditional sources among Malaysian Muslims. This study may serve as a useful source of information on how Internet influencing an aspect of religious behaviour and to explore the potential impact of future identity and thought of Muslim Malaysia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1082-1088
Number of pages7
JournalWorld Applied Sciences Journal
Volume28
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Keywords

  • Internet
  • Islam Malaysia
  • Malay Thoughts
  • Religious Authority
  • Religious Source

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Technology and religion : Information seeking behaviour of online religious information among Malays. / Hasan, Haslin; Haron, Hamdzun.

In: World Applied Sciences Journal, Vol. 28, No. 8, 2013, p. 1082-1088.

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