Conversion to Islam in modern Western Europe and the United States

Authored by: Patrick D. Bowen

Routledge Handbook of Islam in the West

Print publication date:  August  2014
Online publication date:  September  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415691321
eBook ISBN: 9781315794273
Adobe ISBN: 9781317744023


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Over the past thirty years there has been a marked rise in conversion to Islam in Western Europe and the USA. Unlike the converts one hundred years ago, today’s new Muslims come from a wide variety of backgrounds and are attracted to a diverse array of Islamic beliefs and practices. A growing number of converts are also becoming leaders and spokespersons both within their local and national Islamic communities and in the public sphere. Contemporary Muslim converts, then, are a significant force shaping Islam in their regions.

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