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the study

While, for the purpose of this site, the numbering of questions is sequential and the quantitative and qualitative questions are in separate tables, the questions were intermixed throughout the survey, with the bulk of quantitative (close-ended) questions preceding the qualitative (open-ended) questions. Additionally, some questions have quantitative and qualitative elements. These tables are located in Appendix B and Appendix C of Feeling Muslim: Prolegomena to the Study of American Female Converts to Islam. A complete sequential list of both quantitative and qualitative questions, as they appeared in the survey, is located in Appendix D.

the qualitative (Open-Ended) questions

the quantitative (Closed-ended) questions

The material on this site is exclusively the intellectual property of Karla Nicole Kovacik, M.A.

Fair use applies with proper citation of this site and my M.A. thesis, Feeling Muslim: Prolegomena to the Study of American Female Converts to Islam, The University of Georgia, 2015. It is published as Karla N. Evans.

This study is an in-depth mixed-methods survey of U.S. female converts to Islam. The information on this site focuses almost entirely on the socio-demographic data of 257 anonymous American female converts to Islam who responded to the survey Feeling Muslim: An Intimate Portrait of Identity Cultivation among American Female Converts to Islam. There were a total of 459 responses to the survey. However, of the 459 responses, 178 were partial responses, and 281 were full responses. Of the 281 full responses, 257 respondents identified as American (U.S.-born) female converts to Islam. When appropriate, data from both partial and full responses is utilized, with side-by-side comparisons for transparency. 

To download the thesis in full, please click here:

Feeling  muslim:

an intimate portrait of identity cultivation among american female converts to islam

​​The Thesis