Significance of Social Capital in Developing Religiosity among University Students

  • Tayyaba Sohail Department of Sociology University of Management and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Inam ul Haq Department of Sociology University of Management and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Dr. Riffat Munawar Institute of Social and Cultural Studies, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan
Keywords: religiosity, social capital, reciprocity, social control, youth engagement


Religiosity of an individual is depicted through the participation in congregational events. Such participation encourages production of social capital. Informal networks like family, peers and neighborhood are important production sources of social capital and are also prime sources to introduce religious teachings. The sources of social capital and religiosity are same. Therefore, the current paper examines the role of social capital in developing religiosity among youth. The qualitative study was conducted using purposive sampling. The sample is comprised of educated youth of Lahore. Twenty five in-depth interviews and 3 FGDs were conducted from an educational institution. The data analysis was done through themes and narratives. The findings suggest that the culture, environment and family are important contributors in the production of religiosity. Moreover, the labeling plays vital role in encouraging or discouraging religiosity. Conclusively the religious practices have lost spirituality and are becoming more superficial day by day.


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How to Cite
Tayyaba Sohail, Inam ul Haq, and Dr. Riffat Munawar. 2019. “Significance of Social Capital in Developing Religiosity Among University Students”. Journal of Islamic Thought and Civilization 6 (1), 61-75.