Religious Beliefs and Death Penalty in Saudi Arabia and the United States

Mona Almelhem, Tennessee State University


This study is aimed to measure the influence of religious beliefs on the opinion on capital punishment. The research will investigate the divergent opinions from both the Muslim and Christian societies, notably the U.S and Saudi Arabia. It will measure the opinions based on abolitionist and retentions views of the two societies, thus examining the positions of the two cultures regarding the two cultures. The study was conducted through quantitative research methods, which focused on statistical data related to the issue in question. Simple convenience sampling method was also used to measure both Islamic and Christian beliefs regarding capital punishment. In this, all participants involved in the survey were issued with questionnaires to give responses on their divergent views on the matter. The independent variables consisted of the two religions, Christianity and Islam. On the other hand, the dependent variable was consisted in the questionnaires regarding capital punishment in the two societies. Analysis of the data was conducted between the three correlations of gender and beliefs of capital punishment. The method of capital punishment, who should have the authority to impose capital punishment, and if the death penalty should be imposed for the crime of murder revealed a statistical significance for each correlation. Consequently, the three null hypotheses were rejected.

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Mona Almelhem, "Religious Beliefs and Death Penalty in Saudi Arabia and the United States" (2015). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI1599439.