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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 Religion/Belief Prior to Islam?

Figure 8 is a representation of the religious affiliations held by the respondents prior to their conversion to Islam. As previously mentioned, this table represents one of the three that include manually quantified data from open-ended responses. This question was qualitative or open-ended to allow respondents to self-identify their belief prior to Islam, rather than forcing them to choose a fixed category, which in many cases would not produce an accurate representation. Of the 257 respondents, 5% identified as Agnostic, 2.7% self-identified as Atheist, and 1.2% self-identified as Buddhist. Of the 257 respondents 76.3% self-identified as Christian and 3.9% self-identified Judaism as their prior belief.[1] Lastly, 3.9% self-identified ‘None’ for their belief prior to conversion and 7% self-identified as ‘Other’. This breakdown prompted further analysis of the respondents identifying as Christian and the development of a table corresponding with that breakdown.[2]


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[1] This is a combination of Protestant Christianity and Roman Catholicism. However, due to the large number of respondents identifying as Christian, Table 5 is a breakdown of branches of Christianity identified by the respondents.

[2] See Figure 9 for a further breakdown of Christianity.

Prior Religion/Beliefs