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Religious Practices: Conversion: North America
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Recent claims that the majority of North American converts to Islam are women may be correct, although definite statistics are lacking. This is due to several factors. For women, marriage to a Muslim man is a major avenue to conversion. Because of cultural attitudes, Muslim men are usually freer to socialize with and subsequently marry outsiders than are Muslim women. According to some interpretations of Islamic law, Muslim men are allowed to marry women from the People of the Book (that is, Christians and Jews) while Muslim women must marry …

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Hermansen, Marcia, “Religious Practices: Conversion: North America”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 30 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0611g>
First published online: 2009

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