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

By A. Mansson McGinty

While Islam has develop into a arguable subject within the West, increasingly more Westerners locate robust which means in Islam. turning into Muslim is an ethnographic learn in response to in-depth interviews with Swedish and American ladies who've switched over to Islam.

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This section deals with how the women present a certain conversion narrative that translates “inner” to “outer,” drawing partly on cultural representations that are used to objectify personal experiences. The converts often seem to use moral discourses, claiming how life should be lived. These can be ideas about gender roles, political standpoints, or religious ideals. Narratives can be understood and read on several different levels. In part II I explore the psychological salience of the ideas expressed by the women, and how experiences and knowledge are organized within a cognitive framework.

I went to Sunday school when I was small. I have always had a faith in God, which I have never left. Layla’s “faith in God” has significant meaning, linking past and present, constructing a sense of life continuity. Similarly, Fatimah, who was also brought up in a religious home initiates the interview by telling about her religious upbringing: I was born in Kansas, in the middle of Western America. And I was raised Roman Catholic and I was the middle child. I’m the fifth in a line of eight kids so we were a big family.

Ayre: Yes, it was a friend of mine who thought that I could come with her and meet there. And then after the first time I got . . wow, this was . . it was the spiritual aspect. I understood that socialism was not an answer to all the questions here in life. I got a little older, had children and became a little more mature. Okay, it may solve the material problems. I looked at the Soviet Union and all those countries and it was a spiritual and moral vacuum. You can see that today, they do not have anything to stand on.

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