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Religious Practices: Conversion: Western Europe
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Conversion to Islam appears to be a gendered process. In some studies it is stated that two-thirds of the converts are female (Wohlrab-Sahr 1999, Wagtendonk 1994, Haleem 2003). Yet it is difficult to verify this statement since most European countries lack reliable statistics. Most studies focus on the conversion experience and do not give insight into the continuation and transmission of the…

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van Nieuwkerk, Karin, “Religious Practices: Conversion: Western Europe”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 26 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0611l>
First published online: 2009



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