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British Muslim converts : choosing alternative lives

Author: Kate Zebiri
Publisher: Oxford : Oneworld, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"When the Western mass media talk of conversion to Islam, we are bombarded with accounts of suicide bombers, extremists, and terrorists. However, in reality, the vast majority who convert are well-educated, moderate in outlook, and doing so as the result of a long-considered and heart-felt decision." "In British Muslim Converts, Kate Zebiri looks in depth at this unique group in British society, and. examines their  Read more...
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Zebiri, Kate.
British Muslim converts.
Oxford : Oneworld, 2008
(OCoLC)608155577
Online version:
Zebiri, Kate.
British Muslim converts.
Oxford : Oneworld, 2008
(OCoLC)608201818
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kate Zebiri
ISBN: 1851685464 9781851685462
OCLC Number: 153580998
Description: vi, 279 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Theory, methodology and fieldwork 5 --
1 Converts in the British context 17 --
Muslims in Britain 17 --
A brief history of conversion to Islam, with particular reference to Britain 30 --
Converts vis-a-vis second- and third-generation Muslims: a comparative view 36 --
A profile of British converts 40 --
2 The 'double marginality' of converts 52 --
Conversion as social protest? 52 --
Converts in relation to born Muslims 60 --
Converts in relation to non-Muslim family and friends 71 --
A special role for converts? 82 --
3 A new identity? 88 --
National, racial and ethnic identity 95 --
Identity markers: language, dress, names, circumcision 101 --
Lifestyle changes 114 --
Continuity and discontinuity 127 --
4 Society and politics 144 --
Views of British society and Western civilization 151 --
Sexual morality 160 --
Domestic and international politics 171 --
A new geopolitical orientation? 181 --
5 Women and men 198 --
Hijab and niqab: eluding the male gaze 204 --
Social contact between the sexes 215 --
Marriage 224 --
Polygyny 235.
Responsibility: Kate Zebiri.
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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.  Read more...

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