This study examines the perception created by religious music on different societies. Religious music shows similarities and differences depending on its type and diversity of relevant community. In order to see these similarities and differences, a survey was conducted on a total of 244 individuals from Muslim and Non-Muslim community in İstanbul and Portland/ME. In the survey, the question “Which feelings do religious music boost?” and an evaluation was made according to the answers given. As a result of these evaluations, it was observed that the answer of Muslim and Non-Muslim communities living in İstanbul was “happiness”. The Muslims and Non-Muslims living in Portland gave the answers “enthusiasm” and “exhaustion”, respectively. The Muslim community in Portland was the only group that gave the answer “gratitude”. The group whose feelings of “admiration” and “satisfaction” are boosted when they listen to religious music was Non-Muslim communities living in İstanbul. Another interesting result was that the only feeling that majority of Muslims in Turkey claim that it is boosted by religious music is “happiness”. The Muslims living in İstanbul do not think the religious music boosts any feeling other than the happiness. Majority of these four different groups stated that listening to religious music has no role and effect on feelings such as love, depression, dislike, anxiety, embarrassment, compassion, hate, regret, loneliness and grief.
Religious Music, Emotions of Religious Music, The Feelings That Religious Music Strengthens