British Muslim Converts

Pages: 304
Subject: Religion: Islam
Imprint: Oneworld

British Muslim Converts

Choosing Alternative Lives

Kate Zebiri

Kate Zebiri examines British cases of conversion to Islam, asking whether converts could act as much-needed mediators in the growing divide between Islam and the West.
9781851685462 (30 Nov 2007)
RRP £25.00 / US$36.00

The Book

When the Western mass-media talk of conversion to Islam, we are bombarded with accounts of vulnerable people brainwashed into a culture of extremism. However, in reality, the vast majority who convert are well-educated, and doing so as the result of a long-considered and heartfelt decision. What is more, their numbers are multiplying.The only exploration of this unique group in British society, this well-argued and powerful book investigates the fascinating

contribution that Western converts to Islam are making to Islamic thought.

Additional Information

Subject Religion: Islam
Pages 304
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Kate Zebiri is Senior Lecturer of Arabic & Islamic Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. She is the author of Muslims And Christians Face To Face.


"Zebrisi's research covers ground that previous surveys of converts have not explored"

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Converts in the British Context

Muslims in Britain

A Brief History of Conversion to Islam, with Particular Reference to Britain

Converts vis-à-vis Second and Third Generation Muslims: A Comparative View

A Profile of British Converts

Chapter 2: The ‘Double Marginality' of Converts

Conversion as Social Protest?

Converts in Relation to Born Muslims

Converts in Relation to Non-Muslim Family and Friends

A Special Role for Converts?

Chapter 3: A New Identity?

National, Racial and Ethnic Identity

Identity Markers: Language, Dress, Names, Circumcision

Lifestyle Changes

Continuity and Discontinuity

Concluding Remarks

Chapter 4: Society and Politics

Views of British Society and Western Civilization

Sexual Morality

Domestic and International Politics

A New Geopolitical Orientation?

Concluding Remarks

Chapter 5: Women and Men

Hijab and Niqab: Eluding the Male Gaze

Social Contact between the Sexes



Concluding Remarks


Glossary of Arabic and Islamic Terms



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