Converting to Islam

Understanding the Experiences of White American Females

  • Amy Melissa Guimond

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 155-197

About this book


This text aims to discover the shared lived experiences of white American female converts to Islam in post- 9/11 America. It explores the increasingly hostile social climate faced by Muslim Americans, as well as the spiritual, social, physical, and mental integration of these women into the Muslim-American population. In the United States, rates of conversion to Islam are rapidly increasing—alongside Islamophobic sentiment and hate crimes against Muslims. For a period of time, there was a lull in this negative sentiment. However, in light of the Paris terror attacks, the increased prominence of ISIS/ISIL, and the influx of refugees from Syria, anti-Muslim rhetoric is once again on the rise. This volume analyzes how a singular collection of female converts have adapted to life in the United States in the shadow of 9/11. 


Peace studies Conversion studies Feminism Muslim stereotypes Islamaphobia Post 9/11 Islam Muslim women Religion Conversion prejudice

Authors and affiliations

  • Amy Melissa Guimond
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  1. 1.HollywoodUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-54249-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-54250-8
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