(Independent on Sunday) Women and Islam: The rise and rise of the convert

Posted by Kendall Harmon

In the past 10 years some 100,000 British people have converted to Islam, of whom some three-quarters are women, according to the latest statistics. This is a significant increase on the 60,000 Britons in the previous decade, according to researchers based at Swansea University.

While the number of UK converts accelerates, many of the British women who adopt Islam say they have a daily struggle to assimilate their new beliefs within a wider culture that both implicitly and explicitly positions them as outsiders, regardless of their Western upbringing.

More than three-quarters told researchers they had experienced high levels of confusion after conversion, due to the conflicting ways Islam was presented to them.

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Posted November 9, 2011 at 7:00 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. Formerly Marion R. wrote:

“More than three-quarters told researchers they had experienced high levels of confusion after conversion, due to the conflicting ways Islam was presented to them. ” - The article.

November 10, 8:40 am | [comment link]
2. Katherine wrote:

I have some personal experiences talking to Muslim women, either born or converted.  I do not understand why any woman would voluntarily convert.

November 10, 9:12 pm | [comment link]
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