Life in the grave and the understanding of afterlife in Albania

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Uludağ Üniversitesi, Turkey

Approval Date: 2008

Thesis Language: Turkish




The belief that the life continues after the death of the body is seen since the beginning of human history and this belief continues through all ages and cultures. Systematizing this belief and the attempt to give it a mythological basis has been one of the most important functions of religion. The existence of the life in the grave in afterlife within the context of faith is examined in this study. Both the belief of the life in the grave in islam is put forvvard and also some wrong beliefs and practices related to the pre and post phases of death. The concepts of afterlife, grave and ravine are explained in our study and some information about the life in the grave in religions and cultures before islam is given. The historical and conceptual bases of this subject have been put forvvard. Moreover, the dogmas pointing or stating general features of grave have been examined and the ideas that are influential in creating these general beliefs are given. Also the verses of the Quran and the hadiths on endless questionings of afterlife, the agonies and the blessings of grave have been searched and after giving the different ideas of intellectuals on the state of the life in the grave, it is concluded that the good or the bad state a person experiences in the grave is a reflection of the person's acts in his life. An interview-research on "The Understanding of Afterlife in Albania" is given in this study. The distribution of the answers in a chart and then the evaluations and proposals on the subject are also recorded.