Religion, Emotions, Self-agency and Different Interpretations of Islam

By: Marziyeh Bakhshizadeh  

I intend investigate the interrelationship between emotions, diverse strands of Islam in shaping subjectivities and self-autonomy. Emotions are socially constructed, meaning that emotional experience is related to social and cultural contexts. These functions of culture are demonstrated in the form of religion in religious communities. Therefore, religion plays an essential role as a cultural factor in shaping certain emotions in religious context. There is a relationship between interpretations of religion and the changing socio-cultural contexts; consequently, emotions shaped by religion can be changed as well. In this paper, I intend to present arguments of main currents of Islam in shaping emotions and their role in cultivating or hindering of self-agency. This study uses the documentary research method, which involves the analysis of literature that contains information about the research's subject.

Islam, Emotion, Self-agency
Religious Community and Socialization
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Marziyeh Bakhshizadeh

PhD, Social Sciences, Ruhr-UNiversity Bochum, Germany