The Straight Way: A Narrative Study of Conversion of Islam


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Bachelor's Degree

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This paper is a product of my qualitative research methods in psychology course, taught by Rick Pringle in the Fall of 2008. The following narratives present the stories of two individuals’ conversions to Islam. I interpret their experiences through a social-relational lens, focusing on the role of mentors, families, and friends in the conversion process. In the past year, my conversion research has expanded to investigate the perception of the American Muslim community. In order to effect positive social change I hope to share my findings with the public through workshops, discussion groups, and theater. This paper should be viewed as the springboard that led to my senior thesis and an ongoing social justice endeavor.