Patterns of Religious Transformation Among the Youth in Rasht

Document Type : Research Paper


1 PhD in Sociology, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Literatures, Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran

2 Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Tehran Central Branch, Azad University, Tehran, Iran



The present research studies the subjective changes leading to transformations in religiosity patterns with forms of belief and behavior among a group of 21 to 36-year-old youth in Rasht, utilizing a qualitative approach with the research method of narrative analysis and narrative interview tools among 16 young people in Rasht, it has ended with respecting the gender ratio. The theoretical framework of the research is based on theoretical synthesis the views of several sociologists of religion. The most important results of the research show that transformations are based on the description that the majority, ie 15 of the 16 interviewees, have significantly moved away from religious culture and family religiosity of the main origin and the dominant pattern of religiosity among this group of young people. Participants religiosity in this research is emotional religiosity. This indicates the transformations based on lived experiences and cognitive systems of the participants of this research, which play a fundamental role in religious changes of people. The formal religiosity within the society is the same as Sharia-oriented, and as a result of the theological religiosity model of Shiite jurisprudence. Not only are they fundamentally distant, even they are also critical of it. Hence, the pattern of the transformation of religiosity among them is the movement from Sharia-oriented religiosity to emotional religiosity. Meanwhile, the process of changes and transformations are in line with the approaches of theorists in the theoretical framework.


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