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.
The demographic data below is a sampling, which focuses entirely on the socio-demographic data of 257 anonymous American female converts to Islam who chose to respond to the survey Feeling Muslim: An Intimate Portrait of Identity Cultivation among American Female Converts to Islam. As previously stated, recent polls show that many Americans now fear Muslim Americans due to media misrepresentation and lack of knowledge. An accurate representation of Muslims and particularly Muslim Americans will provide the American public a view of the incredible diversity of Muslim Americans. By providing fresh socio-demographic data on 257 American female converts to Islam, the American public will see an accurate portrait of American female converts to Islam that may remind them of themselves, thus lessening the degree to which they may fear Muslims, and particularly Muslim Americans, and increasing the likelihood that they may begin to view Muslim Americans as potential friends and neighbors. This survey reflects a wide range of diversity among American female converts to Islam and includes socio-demographic data regarding: gender, identification as an American convert to Islam, race and ethnicity, belief prior to conversion to Islam, branches of Christianity prior to conversion to Islam, age at the time of conversion, marital status at the time of conversion, branch of Islam, current marital status, length of time as a Muslim, and highest level of education completed.
For the purposes of increased validity, a majority of the following tables are direct imports from Qualtrics with few exceptions.  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.
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