Date of Award

1-1-2009

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Religious Studies

First Advisor

Liyakat Takim

Keywords

conversion, Islam, Latino, United States, West, White

Abstract

In the scholarship concerning conversion to Islam in the West, few books or articles have been written that examine non-African American US converts. Furthermore, this literature generally neglects using models of conversion for analyzing US Muslims. This thesis is an attempt to begin such a project. For this thesis, I interviewed 13 converts to Islam over the course of a month and a half at a local mosque: 8 females and 5 males; 9 white, 3 Latina/o, and 1 non-African American black. These converts told me their stories of conversion: beginning with their life prior to conversion, the process leading up to conversion, the conversion experience, and the events that took place after their conversion. In this thesis I compare their responses with other studies of non-African American converts in the West. While these converts share many similarities with their European counterparts, there are 4 prominent differences: the Denver converts, on the whole, had religious upbringings; most have moved several times throughout their lives; European converts tended to have higher education levels; and Denver converts are far less attracted to intellectual aspects of Islam, while being more attracted to spiritual aspects.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

Patrick Denis Bowen

File size

90 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Religion

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