Reasons for Conversion to Islam Among African American and Caucasian American Women
African American versus Caucasian American women in the United States who were converts to Islam were compared regarding their importance ratings of nine reasons for converting. The potential impact of age and education on these reasons for conversion was also assessed. Most notably, African American women rated gaining a sense of identity as a more important reason for converting to the Islamic faith than Caucasian American women did. Caucasian American women rated agreement with Islamic cultural values regarding ethnicity and gender as a more important reason for converting than African American women did. Also, Caucasian American women rated having no previous faith as a more important reason for converting to Islam than African American women did. Unexpectedly, age was not negatively associated with higher ratings for converting to gain independence. As predicted, as education level rose, the importance of converting to increase a sense of identity decreased, but this was true only for Caucasian American women. Findings are discussed in terms of implications for Muslim and Christian faith leaders and regarding directions for future research.
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)
Bjorck, Jeffrey P.
Muslim converts, Muslim women, African American women, Women, Religious life