Iranian Shiite Muslim Near-Death Experiences: Features and Aftereffects Including Dispositional Gratitude

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Article describing research to explore the near-death experiences (NDEs) of Iranian Shiite Muslim experiencers. It outlines the methods and results of the study and explains how the experiences compare to those of Western experiencers.

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30-42 p.

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Ghasemiannejad, Alinaghi; Long, Jeffrey; Nouri, Farnoosh Faith & Krahnakian, Komeyl Autumn 2014.

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Article describing research to explore the near-death experiences (NDEs) of Iranian Shiite Muslim experiencers. It outlines the methods and results of the study and explains how the experiences compare to those of Western experiencers.

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30-42 p.

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Abstract: During nearly four decades of research on near-death experiences (NDEs), Iranian Shiite NDEs have been infrequently reported. Though an early researcher concluded that Muslim NDEs appeared to be rare, later authors concluded they may be connom and that their key features may not be very different from those of Western NDEs. The purpose of this study was to futher explore NDEs among Iranians, specifically Shiite Muslims. In this study, 33 participants who had survived a close brush with death completed online a demographic questionnaire, a Persian translation of the NDE Scale (Greyson, 1983), and the Persian version of the Gratitude Questionnaire-Six Item Form GQ-6 (McCullough, Emmons, & Tsang, 2002). Of these participants, 20 (61%) scored 7 or higher on the Persian NDE Scale, indicating the presence of an NDE. Eight prominent features of Western NDEs were present in our participants' NDEs, and like Western NDErs, our participants often reported profoundly ositive changes in attitudes, values, and spiritual beliefs following their NDEs. Near-death experiencers indicateed significantly more gratitude in life than did survivors of a close brush with death without an NDE, with a medium effect, t(31)=3.00, p=.005, d=1.04. Our results showed that NDEs are not rare among Shitte Muslims and may not be particularly different in their main elements from typical Western NDEs. This investigation of NDEs from a non-Western country provides important evidence in the materialist vs. non-materialist debate about the origins of NDEs.

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  • Journal of Near-Death Studies, 33(1), International Association for Near-Death Studies, Fall 2014, pp. 30-42

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  • OCLC: 14781775 | External Link
  • ISSN: 0891-4494
  • Library of Congress Control Number: 88-648131
  • Library of Congress Control Number: sn 86-2701
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc948116

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  • Publication Title: Journal of Near-Death Studies
  • Volume: 33
  • Issue: 1
  • Page Start: 30
  • Page End: 42
  • Pages: 13

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Journal of Near-Death Studies

The Journal of Near-Death Studies is a scholarly peer-reviewed journal devoted to the field of near-death studies. It is published on a quarterly basis by the International Association for Near-Death Studies. The Journal began publication in 1982 under the name Anabiosis which was changed to its current title in 1986 with the start of Volume 6.

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Ghasemiannejad, Alinaghi; Long, Jeffrey; Nouri, Farnoosh Faith & Krahnakian, Komeyl. Iranian Shiite Muslim Near-Death Experiences: Features and Aftereffects Including Dispositional Gratitude, article, Autumn 2014; Durham, North Carolina. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc948116/: accessed October 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .