Technology Acceptance Model: Toward a Theoretical Indigenized Study from an Islamic Perspective

Sa’eed Al-Qahtani

Abstract


The Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) is considered to be one of the most reliable models by academics and practitioners in the field of information systems and technology. TAM has, for more than two decades, been widely used in areas of research, experimentation, and application in the West. It also has been successfully tested in various areas and by various bodies including Saudi Arabia. This research is as attempt at studying this model and its underlying theoretical basis from an Islamic perspective. This attempt, therefore, entails a detailed and intensive juxtaposition of TAM and its underlying theoretical principles with the Islamic system of knowledge. The research has unveiled that there is a neat similarity and congruency between the two. However, the Islamic model shows its peculiarity in connecting intention to behavior to be a condition for responsibility about the behavior outcome. In addition, Islam does not deal with these variables from a pure materialistic view because of the Islamic ideology that characterizes by its comprehensive and thorough dimensions. The research has also established that the Islamic perspective has already exhibited interest in later developments and changes whose importance has been felt and accommodated by the most recent versions of TAM. This stands as evidence for the richness of the Islamic heritage and thought and its adaptability to the requirements of technological changes.


Keywords


Technology Acceptance Model, TAM, Information Systems, Information Technology, Islamic Indigenization, Islamic Heritage and Thought.

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