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Becoming Muslim : Western Women''s Conversions to Islam

By: McGinty, Anna Mansson.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Culture, Mind and Society: Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2006Description: 1 online resource (217 p.).ISBN: 9780312376215.Subject(s): Muslim converts from Christianity - Europe | Muslim converts from Christianity | Muslim women - Europe - Social conditions | Sex role - Religious aspects - Islam | Women in Islam - EuropeGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Becoming Muslim : Western Women''s Conversions to IslamDDC classification: 297.574082091821 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover; Contents; Acknowledgments; Part I: The Individual Conversion; Chapter One: Conversion and Identity Formation; Chapter Two: A Step toward the Unknown; Chapter Three: The Conversion Narrative; Part II: Personal Worlds; Chapter Four: Personal Models of Spirituality and Social Conscience; Chapter Five: Personal Models of Gender; Chapter Six: The Veil and Alternative Femininities; Part III: Encounters; Chapter Seven: Looping Effects of Meaning; Chapter Eight: Family, Work, Sisterhood; Chapter Nine: Personal Versions of Islam; Notes; References; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M
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Summary: While Islam has become a controversial topic in the West, a growing number of Westerners find powerful meaning in Islam. Becoming Muslim is an ethnographic study based on in-depth interviews with Swedish and American women who have converted to Islam.
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Cover; Contents; Acknowledgments; Part I: The Individual Conversion; Chapter One: Conversion and Identity Formation; Chapter Two: A Step toward the Unknown; Chapter Three: The Conversion Narrative; Part II: Personal Worlds; Chapter Four: Personal Models of Spirituality and Social Conscience; Chapter Five: Personal Models of Gender; Chapter Six: The Veil and Alternative Femininities; Part III: Encounters; Chapter Seven: Looping Effects of Meaning; Chapter Eight: Family, Work, Sisterhood; Chapter Nine: Personal Versions of Islam; Notes; References; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M

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While Islam has become a controversial topic in the West, a growing number of Westerners find powerful meaning in Islam. Becoming Muslim is an ethnographic study based on in-depth interviews with Swedish and American women who have converted to Islam.

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In her book on the conversion of nine Western women (three Americans and six Swedes) to Islam, Mansson McGinty's primary focus is on how the process of adopting a new faith transforms and reconstructs meaning and identity. The author's research is based on detailed interviews with the women over a period of six years, during which they had to negotiate an increasingly difficult path as Muslim converts in basically inhospitable environments in both Sweden and the US. Mansson McGinty (geography and women's studies, Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) sensitively charts the different compromises the women had to adopt in their new roles as Muslim wives and mothers, and their struggle for full acceptance by their families and society. More significantly, perhaps, the book shows how the women's adoption of Muslim identities and worldviews changed their sense of self and perception of reality. These changes are illustrated by an insightful examination of how the women expressed and analyzed their views on key issues, including spirituality, gender relations, veiling, and the meaning of social justice. This sensitively written book on an important topic deserves a wide readership. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. A. Rassam emerita, CUNY Queens College

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ANNA MANSSON McGINTY is Lecturer in Anthropology and Women's Studies at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA.

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