• Adis Duderija
  • Halim Rane
Part of the New Directions in Islam book series (NDI)


This chapter discusses Western converts to Islam. Particularly since the turn of the century, when so much focus on Islam has been in the context of violence and terrorism, the embracing of Islam by Westerners has become a perplexing phenomenon. On the one hand, segments of Western society express disapproval of converts to Islam, but on the other hand, converts continue a long tradition of cultural exchange and may potentially contribute to the development of Islam(s) in the West that is (are) indigenous rather than imported. This chapter provides insights into the experiences of people in the West who have converted to Islam, their motivations and the particular types or interpretations of Islam embraced by converts. In this context, we discuss the issue of radicalisation among converts and their overrepresentation in jihadist groups. This chapter also considers the important question of the relationship of converts to their non-Muslim family and friends, Muslim communities and wider society, and the potential role of converts in shaping Islam in the West.


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  • Adis Duderija
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  • Halim Rane
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  1. 1.School of Humanities, Languages and Social ScienceGriffith UniversityNathanAustralia

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