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Religiosity and work stress coping behavior of Muslim employees

Belal Barhem (Abu Dhabi University, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates)
Hassan Younies (United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates)
Rusnah Muhamad (University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues

ISSN: 1753-7983

Article publication date: 29 May 2009

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the relationship between religiosity and the feeling of work stress, as represented by Muslim attitudes towards the religiosity scale.

Design/methodology/approach

A sample of 212 employees from the United Arab Emirates participated in the study. Frequencies, regression, ANOVA, and ratios were applied in the paper.

Findings

The major results revealed that self‐evaluation of faith level is not related significantly to any dependent variable. The majority of the respondents reported a low level of faith. Muslim females were identified to experience more work stress than males. Additional studies concerned with other religions can provide more comprehensive findings related to the relationship between religion and work stress.

Originality/value

Multinational corporation and other business organizations can derive great benefit from the results of this paper with regard to business in Islamic countries.

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Citation

Barhem, B., Younies, H. and Muhamad, R. (2009), "Religiosity and work stress coping behavior of Muslim employees", Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues, Vol. 2 No. 2, pp. 123-137. https://doi.org/10.1108/17537980910960690

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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