Muslim and Non-Muslim Women's Perception of Impoliteness in the City of Basrah in Iraq


The aim of the present paper is to investigate the relation between religion and women's perception of impoliteness and whether or not a woman's religion affects her evaluation of what is impolite. A five-scale questionnaire is conducted .The respondents , who are muslim and non- muslim women in Basrah, are asked to read twenty statements and show their opinion by choosing one of the five scales for each item (i. e. strongly agree, agree, undecided, strongly disagree , disagree).The results the researchers have arrived at show that there is no one-to-one relation between a woman's religion and her perception of impoliteness. There are no statistically significant differences between muslim and non-muslim in perceiving impoliteness. Significant differences appear in 15% of the items only ; this is evidently a low percentage. Moreover, differences in opinions appear in each group .In the sense that women of the same religion do not agree on what is to be perceived as impolite.