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date: 20 August 2019

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This chapter provides a broad historical overview of processes of conversion to Islam in diverse regions including the Middle East, Africa, South and South East Asia, and the contemporary United States. In addition, religious and theological elements of conversion to Islam including rituals, doctrines, and key concepts such as dawa (inviting to Islam) are explained and illustrated. Specific dimensions of conversion to Islam such as mass conversions, internal and personal embrace of enhanced commitment and piety, positions on apostasy, and how modernity impacts conversion patterns and processes are also addressed.

Keywords: Islam, conversion, Islamic conversion rituals, United States, conversion in Islamic history, theology of conversion, Islam, dawa

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