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Current Issues in Services Management

Multidisciplinary Perspectives

Edited By Elbeyi Pelit, Hasan Hüseyin Soybali and Ali Avan

The authors attempt to bring current issues in services management and different approaches in the field of social sciences together. This book deals with topics such as emotional interactions in the service environment, innovative approaches and applications, organizational behavior, financial performance, tourism management and marketing strategies in services management. It explores different perspectives in contemporary services management and paves the way for the understanding of actual tendencies.

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The Concept of Holiday and Travel in Islam: The Understanding of Halal Tourism and Investments Which Serve within the Frame of this Understanding (A Sample Study on a Chosen Pilot Facility)

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1 Introduction

The literal meaning of holiday can be conceived as “a period spent for resting and entertainment without having to work as a legal right”. The concept of holiday is directly related to tourism, and within the scope of tourism, people who go on holiday are called as “tourists” (Icoz, 2012: 15).

A tourist is a person who leaves the place he/she lives in to rest as well as having cultural, scientific, sportive, administrative, diplomatic, religious, health or similar reasons and who travels for a certain period of time as a consumer and who does not stay anywhere permanently and who turns to his/her place of residence, without having an aim to earn money (Sezgin, 2014: 16)

Islamic religion generally appears to have a negative approach towards the concept of holiday. Since the word “holiday” is categorized as free time, any period of time that will be spent completely free cannot be accepted by Islamic belief. In the Holy Qur’an, it is pointed out that resting can only be obtained during the time when one “change the occupation”. Muslims should be away from the understanding of “a one-week holiday” on which time will be spent without working like the members of other religions and those who have holiday should avoid of any wicked situations contradicting the religion of Islam or behavior while they are entertaining (Eid & Gohary, 2015: 44). With this understanding of Islamic belief, travelling has more legitimacy and...

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