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

By A. Mansson McGinty

Whereas Islam has develop into a arguable subject within the West, increasingly more Westerners locate strong which means in Islam. turning into Muslim is an ethnographic learn in accordance with 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 couple Western ladies and the non-public which means assigned to the faith. whereas conversion is usually perceived as entailing a dramatic swap in worldview, the women's stories element to an both very important continuity. particularly, the conversion is prompted by way of specific own rules and quests, and inside of Islam the ladies can extra discover already salient innovations. The paintings appeals to scholars within the fields of anthropology, non secular reviews, psychology, and women's experiences, attracted to id, conversion, and gender.

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In between she incidentally mentions other important events in life, such as her trip to Europe, giving up religion in college, her marriage, and the business she ran with her husband. They are mentioned in a temporal order but are given less attention since she does not perceive them as essential in her explanation of the conversion. They are not understood as having any indispensable part in her conversion narrative. ” Through the essential quest for spiritual meaning, Fatimah organizes self-continuity in her biographical account, from her childhood until today.

Layla, born in 1950, was not from any particularly religious family. However, as she stressed, she has always had a belief in God from which she has never departed. In her mid-twenties she traveled with the “pink buses” for six months to India. During the same period of time, she met a Muslim man at her work that caught her attention. When Layla came back from the trip they got to know each other better and in 1976 they married. He was not a Muslim, in any spiritual way, as she expressed it, but he did not eat pork or drink alcohol.

Narration is then not only an attempted retelling of previous experiences but also something that does something to the participants; it generates thoughts and new experiences, it is a part of an ongoing identity-making, not only for the interviewee but also for the interviewer. There are cultural models for how a life should be depicted, and some important events are emphasized to convey a comprehensive picture of the path of the individual’s life. In my encounter with the women, I made clear my purpose and interests.

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