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Karla Nicole Kovacik. "Feeling Muslim: Scholarly Study of American Female Converts to Islam." (Insert date accessed). 

​The demographic data below is a sampling, is a side-by-side comparison of the socio-demographic data for the 257 anonymous American female converts to Islam who chose to respond to both the quantitative and qualitative sections of the survey, and the 143 anonymous American female converts to Islam who chose to respond to only the quantitative questions in the survey Feeling Muslim: An Intimate Portrait of Identity Cultivation among American Female Converts to Islam. As previously stated, there were 178 partial responses to the survey. Of those 178 responses, 143 of the respondents self-identified as American female converts to Islam. 

For the purposes of increased validity, a majority of the following tables are direct imports from Qualtrics with few exceptions. [1]  These exceptions arose from qualitative or open-ended questions, which necessitated quantification of the data. The manually quantified charts include charts on race/ethnicity, belief prior to Islam, and branches of Christianity prior to conversion to Islam. The purpose of making some quantifiable questions qualitative or open-ended is to allow the respondents to self-identify race/ethnicity and belief prior to Islam rather than forcing respondents to fit into fixed categories, which in many cases would not produce accurate representations. By giving respondents the opportunity to input their own answers, a truer representation of the diversity of the respondents unfolds.

1] Qualtrics is an online survey and data collection tool.



a comparison of the sociodemographic data for the 257 complete responses and 143  partial responses


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