—Syncretism is a controversial terminology that
invites discussion of whether the term should be retained or
banned. Agreeing with the views of scholars who aim this
terminology to be remained in the repertory, authors will
discuss syncretism between Islam and local culture of Kedayan
people in Sabah, Malaysia. This paper will focus on the factors
that influence the intention of these people to perform their
local culture that is associated with syncretism. The
questionnaire consists of 70 variables were distributed to 40
respondents. The result of study revealed that Kedayan people
have high tendency to continue their local culture which is not
included in the teaching of their official religion, Islam.
Moreover, there is a statistical significant difference between
the individual attitude towards the local culture and their level
of education. In addition, the results revealed high correlation
between attitudes towards behavior, subjective norms and
perceived behavioral control with their intention to continue
performing their local culture.
—Kedayan, local culture, Islam, syncretism.
The authors are with the Academy of Islamic Studies, University of
Malaya, Jln Pantai Baru, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (e-mail:
Cite: Ros Aiza Mohd Mokhtar and Che Zarrina Sa‟ari, " A Preliminary Study on Factors That Lead Muslim
Kedayan to Continue Performing the Syncretic Culture," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 4, no. 6, pp. 421-425, 2014.