Document Type : Scientific Research Manuscript


Associate Professor of Sociology, Department of Social Sciences, Grand Ayatollah Boroujerdi University, Borujerd, Iran


Pilgrimage is considered as part of the culture of religions and religion is an important motivation and stimulus for travel and every year millions of people travel to religious holy places in different parts of the world for religious purposes. In this article, the study of the act of pilgrimage on the Arbaeen walk is considered from the perspective of young people. Research methodology: The data of this qualitative study were collected through semi-structured interviews and participatory observation and the base theory method was used for data analysis. Theoretical and purposive sampling method was interviewed with 35 young Iranian pilgrims (18-35) on the Arbaein hike from Najaf to Karbala in November 2019.  After analyzing the qualitative data, five main themes were identified: 1) physical travel or travel; 2) cognitive, belief; 3) empirical, emotional; 4) Arbaean lifestyle; 5) Arbaean identity. Each has different sub-indices. The overall results of the study indicate that hiking is an important factor in identifying and playing an essential role in the spiritual, physical and spiritual well-being of a person. The results of this study also show the superiority of spiritual intention and pilgrimage of pilgrims over material and worldly civil intentions.


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