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Exploring the Relationship between Schizotypal Personality Traits and Religious Attitude in an International Muslim Sample

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The study explored the nature of the relationship between schizotypal personality traits and attitude of Muslims towards their faith. A total of 114 adult Muslims from eighteen countries responded to the Sahin-Francis scale of Attitude towards Islam, the Schizotypal Personality Questionnaire Brief, the short version of the Eysenck Lie scale, and a number of external indicators and religious practices. Attitude towards Islam, frequency of prayer and Mosque attendance had a relatively strong positive relationship with each other, while these religious characteristics exhibited a weak negative relationship with schizotypal traits. Age and social desirability did not seriously affect the religiosity-schizotypy relation, while a moderating effect of gender was identified. These findings suggest the presence of both underlying cross-faith elements and potential faith-specific behaviours in the relationship between religiosity and schizotypy.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Psychology, University of Ulster, Londonderry, BT48 7JL, UK; 2: School of Psychology, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia;, Email: ntiliopoulos@usyd.edu.au

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