For citation purposes

Chicago Style:


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 is Your Race or Ethnicity?

Figure 6 addresses the race and ethnicity of the respondents. The respondents manually recorded their race/ethnicity, which made the question open-ended and therefore necessitated manual quantification.


The largest percentage of respondents, by far, 53%, self-identified as Caucasian or White, followed by African American or Black at 20%, then 2+ racial or ethnic identities at 14%, Hispanic or Latina at 7%, Other at 4%, Asian at 2%, and Native American at 0% with only one respondent identifying as solely Native American.[1], [2], [3], [4] It is important to note that of the 37 respondents that self-identified as 2+ racial or ethnic identities, 18 mentioned Native American as part of their race/ethnicity. Furthermore, 11 of those 37 respondents mentioned African American or Black as part of their race/ethnicity. Nine respondents or 4% self-identified as Other.[5]

These self-identifications are representative of the diversity existing among American female converts to Islam, and while there are far more than 257 American female converts to Islam residing all over the world, this sampling is enough to offer a fair representation of the tremendous diversity within the Muslim American community, a diversity that is not being accurately represented or portrayed in American news media. 


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[1] The respondents who self-identified as Asian input the following descriptions: Arab; Asian; Chinese; Indian (South Asia); and Japanese with Korean influence

[2] The respondents who self-identified as Caucasian or White input the following descriptions: 2nd generation German immigrant; Irish; Italian; Anglo-Saxon; European American; White; Caucasian; English; North European; Southern Italian; Polish-American; Sicilian and Albanian ancestry; Jewish

[3] The respondents who self-identified as Hispanic or Latina input the following descriptions: Hispanic; Latina; Mexican; Puerto Rican; Hispanic-White; Cuban-American; Latina-White

[4] The respondents who self-identified as two or more races or ethnicities input the following: bi-racial: half English, half African American; Black and Caribbean American; Jewish and Irish; German and Russian; German and Mexican; German and Panamanian; Palestinian and American; White and Vietnamese; Mixed; Mixed (Black/White); Afro-Caribbean; Scottish and Latino; Thai and White; African, Welsh, Irish, and American Indian; African American, Cherokee, Japanese; African Native American; Black Native American; English, Irish, German, French, Native American, and possibly Jewish; Native American, Aztec, Spanish; German, English, French, Dutch, Israelite, Native American; African, Cherokee, Black Foot, Irish, Mongolian; Irish, Scottish, French, Native American, Canadian; Native American (Anishinaabe) and White; White, Asian, and Native American; White Irish and Cherokee; White American Indian

[5] The respondents who self-identified as ‘Other’ input the following: human; Bilalian; American; Ukraine; Jewish; Other; Romani/Melungeon; Danish/English; Czech family roots

Race & Ethnicity