Controversial product advertisements in Lebanon

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dc.contributor.author Farah, Maya F.
dc.contributor.author El Samad, Lamis
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-31T09:19:33Z
dc.date.available 2016-05-31T09:19:33Z
dc.date.copyright 2015 en_US
dc.date.issued 2016-05-31
dc.identifier.issn 1759-0833 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/3908 en_US
dc.description.abstract Purpose The purpose of this paper is to examine the impact of religious sect on the Lebanese consumer’s perception of controversial product advertisements. Design/methodology/approach The study used a quantitative survey that was administered to a purposive representative sample of respondents from the two main Muslim sects in the country, namely, Sunni and Shiite Muslims. Findings The results indicated significant differences in perceptions between Sunni and Shiite Muslims with regards to the offensiveness of the advertising of controversial products. Briefly, Sunni Muslims found the advertising of social and political as well as health and care products more offensive, whereas Shiite Muslims found the advertising of gender and sex-related products more offensive, and no significant difference in offensiveness perception between the two sects was found with regards to the advertising of addictive products. Research limitations/implications Two main limitations faced the researchers: the fact that the respondents were not shown examples of offensive product advertisements; and that religiosity was not measured for the respondents, which could also be a factor in offensiveness perception. Practical implications The study indicates that a consumer’s religious sect can play a determining role in how he/she perceives product advertisement, thus encouraging marketers to consider the differences between these sects while advertising to ensure no potential consumers are alienated. Originality/value Although research has looked into the impact of religiosity and religion on the perception of offensive product advertisements, minimal research exists on the impact of religious sects on the perception of offensive product advertisement. The results of this study provide some insights into the consumer behavior differences between the two sects. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Controversial product advertisements in Lebanon en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.title.subtitle A study of Sunni-Shi’a sectarian disparities and similarities en_US
dc.author.school SOB en_US
dc.author.idnumber 199705300 en_US
dc.author.department Department of Hospitality Management and Marketing (HMKT) en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.relation.journal Journal of Islamic Marketing en_US
dc.journal.volume 6 en_US
dc.journal.issue 1 en_US
dc.article.pages 22-43 en_US
dc.keywords Lebanon en_US
dc.keywords Islam en_US
dc.keywords Advertising en_US
dc.keywords Controversial products en_US
dc.keywords Shiism en_US
dc.keywords Sunnism en_US
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/JIMA-02-2014-0013 en_US
dc.identifier.ctation Farah, M. F., & El Samad, L. (2015). Controversial product advertisements in Lebanon: A study of Sunni-Shi’a sectarian disparities and similarities. Journal of Islamic Marketing, 6(1), 22-43. en_US
dc.author.email MFarah@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/articles.php en_US
dc.identifier.url http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/JIMA-02-2014-0013 en_US
dc.orcid.id https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6251-4096 en_US

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