Becoming Muslim: Western Women's Conversions to Islam by A. Mansson McGinty

By A. Mansson McGinty

Whereas Islam has turn into a debatable subject within the West, an increasing number of Westerners locate strong that means in Islam. changing into Muslim is an ethnographic examine according to in-depth interviews with Swedish and American ladies who've switched over to Islam. continuing from the women's life-stories, the writer explores the allure of Islam to a few Western ladies and the private which means assigned to the faith. whereas conversion is frequently perceived as entailing a dramatic switch in worldview, the women's studies aspect to an both very important continuity. particularly, the conversion is prompted by way of specific own rules and quests, and inside Islam the ladies can additional discover already salient techniques. The paintings appeals to scholars within the fields of anthropology, spiritual reports, psychology, and women's experiences, drawn to id, conversion, and gender.

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In an 1993 article titled “The Clash of Civilization,” political scientist Samuel P. Huntington argues that the world politics Conversion and Identity Formation 23 is entering a new phase in which the most central conflicts and antagonism will be cultural, between civilizations. This argument has quickly been picked up, and after the 9/11 terrorist attacks we have several times heard journalists, “the man on the street,” as well as politicians and academics referring to the dichotomy of the West and Islam, the conflicts between “the Christian” and “the Muslim” world; an idea undeniably voiced in the Muslim world also.

She was the only child in an upper-middle-class family, with a mother of Jewish background and a much older father, who was Catholic. Her mother had A Step toward the Unknown 31 converted to Christianity and was all her life, in Mariam’s own words, a “searcher,” looking for religious meaning. Mariam was brought up in a spiritual and intellectual milieu; both her parents were personally interested in religious issues, and they had decided to give Mariam a Catholic upbringing. She studied subjects such as Greek and Latin, archaeology and anthropology, and during the summers in college she did fieldwork in Europe and Africa.

Chapter Two A Step toward the Unknown A Biographical Overview of the Women Women interviewed in Sweden Year of birth Ayre Zarah Marianne Lisa Cecilia Layla Year of official conversion 1955 1949 1965 1967 1966 1950 1990 1984 1986 1994 1998 1976 1947 1954 1954 1972 1987 1971 Women interviewed in the United States Mariam Fatimah Hannah Below I give the reader a brief biographical presentation of the women, presented in the same order as listed above. ” There are obviously many different factors behind a conversion, conscious as well as unconscious, and though just a few might even be mentioned in the interview, most of the women expressed a longing and search for a change.

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