Addressing the Unique Needs of American Converts to Islam
Are you a convert in need of resources?
Would your community/masjid like more information about starting a Feeling Muslim initiative? Would you like to send a convert a care package? Would your organization like to request a guest lecture or consultation?
This site is an extended abstract - a taste -
of Feeling Muslim: Prolegomena to the Study of American Female Converts to Islam
by Karla N. Evans, The University of Georgia, 2015.
A special thank you to the 459 women who participated in this survey, Dr. Alan Godlas, Dr. Carolyn Medine, Dr. Sandy Dwayne Martin, Dr. Kenneth Honerkamp, Dr. Nanette Spina, and Barbara Flaherty, M.A. of The University of Georgia Department of Religion and to Shaykh Muhammad bin Yahya al-Husayni al-Ninowy of Madina Institute USA for his continual guidance, support, and encouragement over the past 11 years. Also, a special thanks to Kelly Izdihar Crosby for allowing me to use her painting, Ladies of Eid as the banner for the site.
Karla N. Kovacik, M.A.
Founder of Feeling Muslim: A New Muslim Support Initiative
Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology, UW - Milwaukee
Faculty of Islamic Studies, Madina Institute
Author of Feeling Muslim: Prolegomena to the Study of American Female Converts to Islam
The material on this site is exclusively the intellectual property of Karla Nicole Kovacik, M.A. Fair use applies with proper citation of this site and my M.A. thesis, Feeling Muslim: Prolegomena to the Study of American Female Converts to Islam, The University of Georgia, 2015.
Click here for a list of scholarly references on American converts to Islam, American Muslims, Muslim Americans, Religious Conversion, and Spiritual Transformation. This list is constantly growing, so check back often.
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In 2014, Karla N. Kovacik conducted an online, anonymous study of conversion experiences and identity cultivation among American female converts to Islam as part of her M.A. thesis research at the University of Georgia (Feeling Muslim: An Intimate Portrait of Identity Cultivation among American Female Converts to Islam).
The study sought to understand converts’ feelings and experiences regarding the cultivation of their Muslim identities as American converts to Islam. This enabled 257 American women to anonymously describe the spiritual, emotional, social, and financial dynamics of their conversions to Islam in America while pointing out their needs. Karla and her husband, Peter have now founded Feeling Muslim as a way to directly address the educational, spiritual, emotional, social, and financial needs of American converts to Islam based on those findings.