Moving In and Out of Islam

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Karin van Nieuwkerk
University of Texas Press, 5.12.2018 - 432 sivua

Embracing a new religion, or leaving one’s faith, usually constitutes a significant milestone in a person’s life. While a number of scholars have examined the reasons why people convert to Islam, few have investigated why people leave the faith and what the consequences are for doing so. Taking a holistic approach to conversion and deconversion, Moving In and Out of Islam explores the experiences of people who have come into the faith along with those who have chosen to leave it—including some individuals who have both moved into and out of Islam over the course of their lives.

Sixteen empirical case studies trace the processes of moving in or out of Islam in Western and Central Europe, the United States, Canada, and the Middle East. Going beyond fixed notions of conversion or apostasy, the contributors focus on the ambiguity, doubts, and nonlinear trajectories of both moving in and out of Islam. They show how people shifting in either direction have to learn or unlearn habits and change their styles of clothing, dietary restrictions, and ways of interacting with their communities. They also look at how communities react to both converts to the religion and converts out of it, including controversies over the death penalty for apostates. The contributors cover the political aspects of conversion as well, including debates on radicalization in the era of the “war on terror” and the role of moderate Islam in conversions.

 

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introduCtion
1
PEoPLE do not ConvErt but CHangE
27
disaffiLiation and isLam
67
giving isLam a gErman faCE
91
mErging CuLturE witH rELigion
107
The Process of Subjectification among
130
Can a tatar movE out of isLam?
152
rELigious autHority and ConvErsions
179
britisH musLim ConvErts
257
The Concealment of Apostasy among
281
nonbELiEving in EgyPt
306
god nEvEr ExistEd and i
333
faitH no morE
363
LEts taLK about aPostasy
385
Contributors
405
indEx
411

dEradiCaLiZation tHrougH ConvErsion
204
EsCaPing tHE LimELigHt
232

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Karin van Nieuwkerk is an anthropologist and professor of contemporary Islam in Europe and the Middle East at the Radboud University Nijmegen. Her many books include Women Embracing Islam: Gender and Conversion in the West, Performing Piety: Singers and Actors in Egypt’s Islamic Revival, and Islam and Popular Culture.

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