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This thesis examines the contribution of religion in general and of Islam in particular to the need and nature of human beings' search for meaning in life. The thesis specifically investigates the role and importance of search for meaning in life within the context of the principles and aims of religious education. The thesis has three chapters including an introduction. The Introduction explains the aim, importance, method, presuppositions, extension and limits of the topic. In addition, it gives information concerning the basic concepts which are used in the research. The First Chapter dwells upon the' foundations and consequences of search for meaning in life and explains the genuine need for a meaningful life. It also evaluates psychological, sociological and philosophical basis of search for meaning in life. The Second Chapter deals with the role of religion in search for meaning in life and the impact of religion in making life meaningful. After explaining the basic principles of the relationship between religion and search for meaning in life, the chapter investigates the impact of Islam in making life meaningful, and it studies which areas this impact is concentrated. It also examines the role of Islam in making life meaningful from the mental, spiritual, and social points of view. The Third Chapter investigates the place and importance of search for meaning in the religious education and makes an evaluation of this subject from the general aims of education. It examines the contribution of religious education in making life meaningful and explains how this contribution could be realized. In addition, the Chapter analyzes the principles of search for meaning life within the context of religious education. The thesis ends with a section which summarizes the results of the research and indicates relevant topics which might be investigated.