Is there peace within Islamic fundamentalists? When Islamic fundamentalism moderates the effect of meta-belief of friendship on positive perceptions and trust toward outgroup

  • Idhamsyah Eka Putra Persada Indonesia University & Daya Makara, University of Indonesia, Indonesia
  • Zora A. Sukabdi Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Keywords: group belief, intergroup friendship, meta-belief, religious fundamentalism

Abstract

On the basis that religious fundamentalists have a strong bond to their religion, we hypothesized that Islamic fundamentalism would moderate the effect of ingroup meta-belief of friendship on positive perceptions and trust on Christians. The results of the research involving 147 Muslim participants showed that the effect of ingroup meta-belief of friendship on positive perception and trust was significant among participants with high Islamic fundamentalism. It indicates that Islamic fundamentalists may become the ones who stand at the forefront to build a good relationship with other religions when they think their religion sees a particular outgroup as friendly.

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Published
2018-08-02
Section
Research articles