Halal tourism, is it really Halal?

El-Gohary, Hatem (2016) Halal tourism, is it really Halal? Tourism Management Perspectives, 19. pp. 124-130. ISSN 22119736

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The study of religion has attracted interest and considerable attention from researchers and practitioners as a result of wanting to know more about religions (such as Islam) and religiosity. However, regardless of the importance of religious studies, religious tourism is still very much under-represented in the literature. In fact, it is distressing to find that little is known about religious tourism in many developed and developing economies. Meanwhile, Islamic tourism (or Halal tourism) is deeply rooted within the Islamic Shari'ah as every Muslim is required to travel for many reasons, some directly related to Islamic Shari'ah itself (e.g. Hajj and Umrah) while many travel for education, medical treatment, and knowledge acquisition, etc. This paper examines the concept of Halal tourism (as a subcategory of religious tourism), its roots, principles and most importantly answers the questions: is Halal tourism really Halal? Is Halal tourism only for Muslim families who abide by Islamic Shari'ah rules? Should it be Halal tourism or Islamic tourism? Is Halal tourism only about Islamic countries or it is also important for other countries? What are the impacts of non-compliance to Halal principles on hotels (and other tourism organisations) performance?

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tmp.2015.12.013
July 2016Published
23 December 2015Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: Halal tourism; Religious tourism; Islamic tourism; Religion; Religiosity; Halal principles; Islamic Shari'ah; Islam
Subjects: CAH17 - business and management > CAH17-01 - business and management > CAH17-01-06 - tourism, transport and travel
CAH20 - historical, philosophical and religious studies > CAH20-02 - philosophy and religious studies > CAH20-02-02 - theology and religious studies
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > College of Business, Digital Transformation & Entrepreneurship
Depositing User: Users 18 not found.
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2017 15:41
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2023 11:49
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3501

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