Factors Influencing Arab Muslims to Embrace Biblical Faith That Inform Adaptive Evangelism in Islamic Contexts
According to Richard Peace, “How we conceive of conversion determines how we do evangelism” (1999, 286–9). Through inductive coding and qualitative content analysis, this research investigates the common themes found in the faith journeys of twenty-four Muslim background believers (MBBs) in “Islamland” and compares it with the experience of twenty-six other Arab MBBs to provide a comprehensive description of the specific factors that influence Arab Muslims to embrace biblical faith. These factors are examined and analyzed through sustained critical reflection on missiological views concerning conversion from Islamic backgrounds and additional relevant issues in evangelical missiology. Based on a robust understanding of Arab MBB conversions, a proposal for “Adaptive Evangelism Discovery” is envisioned whereby cross-cultural workers learn together in missiological reflection. The anticipated outcome of this reflection is for individual workers to integrate the Arab MBB conversion journeys with their personal experiences of evangelism and philosophies of ministry in order to stimulate “adaptive” witness among Muslims in our day.
Mentor: Sherwood Lingenfelter
Doctor of Intercultural Studies (DIS)
Missions to Muslims, Evangelistic work, Middle East, Conversion
Missions and World Christianity