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Transforming From Christianity to Islam

Posted on 19 June 2015 Gavin Glenn

Cover - Transforming from Christianity to Islam

Eight women’s journeys

 

Why would a Western woman who is free to dress and behave as she pleases convert to a religion immersed in a culture that requires her to cover her hair, dress modestly and reassess her fundamental beliefs? These are personal accounts of eight Western women who radically changed their lives by converting to Islam or marrying a Muslim man. Some women assigned deep meaning to the head scarf, while others found dressing hijab to be freeing. In every case, however, peer pressure, social pressure and male pressure bore profoundly on their decisions, perhaps overpowering their ability to practice hijab purely from their hearts. Again, the dichotomy between voluntary, genuine devotion and conforming behaviour bore heavily on the women's actions and thoughts.

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