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Examining the variation in willingness to buy from offending product’s origin among fellow nationals: A study from the Arab/Muslim-Israeli conflict

Tariq Abdullatif Halimi (La Trobe Business School, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia)

Journal of Islamic Marketing

ISSN: 1759-0833

Article publication date: 12 June 2017

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to examine the variation in Arab/Muslim consumers’ willingness to buy (WTB) from product’s origins (POs) involved in the Arab/Muslim-Israeli animosity case despite their common nationality and religious affiliation.

Design/methodology/approach

Qualitative research methodology is used. A total of 30 Arab and Muslim individuals were interviewed, and web documents were analysed. A grounded theory approach is adopted to analyse the data collected.

Findings

The results reveal that the variation in WTB from offending PO among Arab/Muslim consumers is influenced by the intensity of animosity (IOA) as perceived by the individual consumer towards the PO. IOA is a variable affected by the antagonistic emotional impact which is evoked by the egregiousness of the PO’s actions (PO involvement) and consumer connection with the political issue (consumer involvement) and is moderated by the time of the PO’s egregious actions.

Practical implications

Politically favourable POs in the Arab/Muslim world need to target consumers who perceive greater connection with the political issue, whereas politically unfavourable POs need to target consumers who perceive weaker connection with the political conflict, in addition to distancing themselves from it.

Originality value

This is an original attempt to gain insight into the different levels of willingness of fellow nationals to buy a product from an offending nation in the context of Arab/Muslim-Israeli animosity which is explained through the IOA model of foreign product purchase.

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Citation

Halimi, T.A. (2017), "Examining the variation in willingness to buy from offending product’s origin among fellow nationals: A study from the Arab/Muslim-Israeli conflict", Journal of Islamic Marketing, Vol. 8 No. 2, pp. 243-260. https://doi.org/10.1108/JIMA-01-2015-0003

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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