- The Oxford Handbook of Religious Conversion
- History and Religious Conversion
- Demographics of Religious Conversion
- Geographies of Religious Conversion
- Anthropology of Religious Conversion
- The Role of Language in Religious Conversion
- Sociology of Religious Conversion
- Conversion and the Historic Spread of Religions
- Migration and Conversion of Korean American Christians
- Psychology of Religious Conversion and Spiritual Transformation
- Religious Conversion and Cognitive Neuroscience
- Dreaming and Religious Conversion
- Feminist Approaches to the Study of Religious Conversion
- Seeing Religious Conversion Through the Arts
- Religious Conversion as Narrative and Autobiography
- Religious Conversion and Semiotic Analysis
- Political Science and Religious Conversion
- Hinduism and Conversion
- Conversion to Jain Identity
- Buddhist Conversion in the Contemporary World
- Conversion to Sikhism
- Adherence and Conversion to Daoism
- Conversion and Confucianism
- “Conversion” and the Resurgence of Indigenous Religion in China
- Conversion to Judaism
- Conversion to Christianity
- Conversion to Islam in Theological and Historical Perspectives
- “Conversion” to Islam and the Construction of a Pious Self
- Conversion to New Religious Movements
- Disengagement and Apostasy in New Religious Movements
- Legal and Political Issues and Religious Conversion
- Conversion and Retention in Mormonism
Abstract and Keywords
Geographical research concerned with the expansion or contraction of religious groups has tended to adopt the “Berkeley tradition” of cultural geography—examining how religious groups spread their influence; the factors aiding the growth of particular religious groups; and the resulting cultural, behavioral, and environmental changes that occur. This chapter is divided into five sections. The first section analyzes how such spatial change can be mapped. The second and third sections describe the processes underpinning the spatial distribution of religions, including resettlement processes, and the conversion practices of proselytizing and non-proselytizing religions. The fourth section analyzes the multitude of factors that facilitate religious conversion, including the efficacy of personal interaction, the accessibility of technology, the use of a common language, and the support of social and governmental structures. Finally, the fifth section examines how processes of migration and conversion impact upon societies in numerous ways, both positive and negative.
Lily Kong is a Professor of Geography at the National University of Singapore, Singapore.
Seeta Nair holds a M. A. degree in Geography from the National University of Singapore. She works collaboratively with Lily Kong the National University of Singapore.
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