Age at the Time of Conversion
For citation purposes
Karla Nicole Evans, Feeling Muslim: Prolegomena to the Study of American Female Converts to Islam [Electronic Resource], by Karla Nicole Evans (2015).Bibliographies. Theses. Non-fiction.
What Was Your Age at the Time of Your Conversion to Islam?
Figure 10 is a representation of the ages of respondents at the time of conversion to Islam, as self-identified. The respondents chose from eight possible responses: less than 16; 16-19; 20-24; 25-34; 35-44; 45-54; 55-64; and 65 or over. Of the 257 respondents, 2% said they were less than 16 years old at the time of conversion. Another 16% said they were between ages 16-19, and 28% said they were between 20-24 years of age at the time of conversion. Thirty-five percent of respondents said they were between 25-34 years old, while 10% of respondents answered between ages 35-44. Lastly, 3% said they were between 55-64 years old at the time of conversion, and 1 respondent or 0% (statistically) said she was 65 or over at the time of conversion to Islam. The three largest groups, from greatest to least in number, are ages 25-34 with 35%, ages 20-24 at 28%, and ages 16-19 at 16%. In other words, 79% of the 257 respondents converted to Islam between the ages of 16-34 years of age.
 If we look at the age ranges while thinking of Erikson’s Psychosocial Developmental Stage Theory, it is evident that the majority of converts report converting to Islam in adolescence (ages 12-19), early adulthood (ages 20-25), and/or adulthood (ages 26-64) and Erikson identifies the conflicts during those developmental stages as identity vs. confusion (for adolescence) and intimacy vs. isolation (for early adulthood), and generativity vs. stagnation (for adulthood). Erikson further identifies the resolutions or "virtues" during those developmental stages as fidelity (for adolescence), love (for early adulthood), and care (for adulthood). For further information, please see Erik Erikson’s Psychosocial Developmental Stage Theory.
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