Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion

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Ethnic Religiosity

  • Abbas AghdassiEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27771-9_200223-1


The interaction between ethnicity and religiosity has various psychological implications, often absent in the literature. If a believer’s mentality filters religious practices through ethnic lenses, this could affect the understanding of fellow co-religionists coming from different ethnic backgrounds. It is important to know how ethnicity and religiosity converge and diverge in various circumstances. Ethnicity shows a more uninformed approach toward personal behavior, while religiosity highlights a more informed approach. Ethnic religiositycombines uninformed and informed actions and refers to a mental state in which ethnic practices of a particular group are translated as an authentic version of religiosity. This entry reviewed definitions of ethnicity, religiosity, and their probable interaction(s) in different situations, and concluded that prioritizing ethnicity (which perhaps avails the psyches of the lay members of a religious tradition) signals an unintentional...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Theology and Islamic StudiesFerdowsi University of MashhadMashhadIran