British Muslim Converts: Choosing Alternative Lives

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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, liberal in outlook, and doing so as the result of a long-considered and heart-felt decision. What is more, their numbers are growing. In British Muslim Converts, Kate Zebiri looks at these cases of conversion, and examines the contribution that converts are making to an indigenous Western Islamic thought and discourse. Overcoming the West/Islam divide just by virtue of who they are, Zebiri examines the converts’ unique potential to act as cultural mediators between Muslims and non-Muslims, as well as their ability to act as a reforming force. Informed by interviews with converts as well as published and internet material, this fascinating study is the only exploration of this unique group in British society.

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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.

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"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 - Professor of the History of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding

"Required reading for anyone interested in British Muslims. The most recent example of Kate Zebiri's well deserved reputation for timely scholarship that is insightful and accessible." -- John L. Esposito - Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding and editor-in-chief of the four-volume The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World

"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 Chair in Divinity

Required reading for anyone interested in British Muslims. The most recent example of Kate Zebiri's well deserved reputation for timely scholarship that is insightful and accessible. -- John L. Esposito - Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding and editor-in-chief of the four-volume The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World

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 Chair in Divinity

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