Grounded theory methodology was utilized to investigate the process of memorization of the Quran in India from a psychological perspective as it occurs in the absence of semantic comprehension of the Arabic language. Data collection methods included participant observation in a seminary, semi-structured interviews with students and teachers of memorization, study of documents employed during the learning process, and practical demonstrations. Sample comprised of thirteen individuals including students and teachers. Data coding and analyses resulted in a large number of open codes, and eleven axial code categories besides a selective code that gave a comprehensive summation of the research study and facilitated in the generation of a substantive theory of memorization of the Quran in India. Different methods of data display were construction of matrices and tables, diagrammatic representation of axial codes to depict the main theme, case summaries, in-vivo quotes of the subjects, and summations of practical demonstrations. The research employed five methods of implementing evaluative criteria including: triangulation, audit trail, reflexivity, prolonged engagement and persistent observation, and rich, thick description to ensure the credibility of the data, research process, and research outcomes which was to generate a comprehensive understanding of memorization as a unique learning paradigm.


qualitative research, grounded theory methodology, participant observation, semi-structured interviews, constant comparison, qualitative evaluative criteria

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Nikhat Parveen is a research scholar with department of psychology, Osmania University, Hyderabad, T. S. India. Please direct correspondence to parveennikhat@yahoo.com.


The author wishes to acknowledgement all the participants in the research

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