IJSSH 2014 Vol.4(6): 421-425 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2014.V4.391

A Preliminary Study on Factors That Lead Muslim Kedayan to Continue Performing the Syncretic Culture

Ros Aiza Mohd Mokhtar and Che Zarrina Sa‟ari
Abstract—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.

Index Terms—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: rosaizamokhtar@yahoo.com.my, zarrina@um.edu.my).

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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.

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