Emotional connection, materialism and religiosity: An Islamic tourism experience

Babak Taheri

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    Materialism and Islamic religiosity have been studied in tourism, but the influence of these concepts on the emotional connections established during an actual religious experience has yet to be explored. This study develops a model that links Islamic religiosity and materialism with the religious experience, communitas, and emotional connection with a sample of 538 Iranian Umrah participants using partial least squares. The study found significant effects of religious connection upon emotional connection. The research also identified the positive influence of Islamic religiosity upon communitas and the religious experience, alongside a negative impact of materialism on the religious experience.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1011–1027
    Number of pages17
    JournalJournal of Travel and Tourism Marketing
    Issue number7
    Early online date25 Sept 2015
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


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