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By Kate Zebiri

The one exploration of this special staff in British society, this well-argued and robust booklet investigates the attention-grabbing contribution that Western converts to Islam are making to a particular tackle Islamic suggestion and discourse. proficient by means of interviews with British converts in addition to released and web fabric, Zebiri asks no matter if converts might act as much-needed mediators within the starting to be divide among Islam and the West.

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73 Ansari, ‘The Infidel Within’, p. 131. 74 Köse, Conversion to Islam, p. 18. qxd 8/31/07 36 2:58 PM Page 36 British Muslim Converts like Quilliam, had spent much time in Muslim countries and was sympathetic to the Ottoman cause. He was instrumental in founding the AngloOttoman Society in 1914 and spent much time and energy lobbying on behalf of Turkey. During the First World War when war was declared on the Ottomans, Muslims found themselves in a difficult position, and their loyalty to Britain was questioned; many found themselves under surveillance.

Arb or ‘the abode of war’), on the grounds that this does not reflect contemporary global realities. Ramadan has written a number of books which deal with the situation of Muslims living in a non-Muslim context. In his books To Be a European Muslim and Western Muslims and the Future of Islam, he argues that it is perfectly legitimate for Muslims to live in non-Muslim countries provided they are able to practise their religion freely. He emphasizes the need for ongoing ijtiha¯d, and envisages the creation of a ‘European Islam’ which will draw on the indigenous cultures of European countries.

100 Poston, Islamic Da’wah in the West, pp. 163–4. 101 Roald (New Muslims in the European Context, p. 96), looking at Scandinavia, finds that there are more women than men converts due to the fact that more Scandinavian women marry Muslims. Anway (Daughters of Another Path, p. 2) and Abdel Haleem (‘Experiences, Needs and Potential of New Muslim Women’, p. 93, citing the British Muslims Monthly Survey (BMMS)) both agree that there are more female Western converts than male. Allievi, on the other hand, suggests that Italian converts are mostly male (Les Convertis à l’Islam, p.

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