British Muslim Converts

Choosing Alternative Lives

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About The Book

Indispensable for anyone trying to understand Islam in the West

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.

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.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (November 1, 2007)
  • Length: 304 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781851685462

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

"Based on solid research, keen analysis and unique insight… an important contribution to the understanding of the impact of the Muslim presence in the West."

– Yvonne Haddad

"Sensitive and insightful, and fills an important gap. Genuinely enlightening and yet an enjoyable ‘pageturner’ to read, it will make an important contribution to the understanding of British Muslims in all their diversity."

– Gwen Griffith-Dickson - Founder of the Lokahi Foundation, and the first woman to hold the Gresham Ch

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