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Conversion to Islam and Impact on Racial Identity

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dc.contributor.advisor Kurtz, Lester
dc.contributor.author Alnassar, Abdullah
dc.creator Alnassar, Abdullah
dc.date.accessioned 2022-08-03T20:18:35Z
dc.date.available 2022-08-03T20:18:35Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1920/12949
dc.description.abstract Black men have converted to Islam in the United States faster than any other minority group throughout multiple generations. This dissertation utilizes a qualitative methodology to investigate this phenomenon and its subsequent impact on Black racial identity. Through nineteen in-depth interviews with Black male Muslim converts, this study uncovered six relevant themes relating to motivations for conversion and subsequent impact on racial identity. Historical, spiritual and cultural motivations were shown to create a matrix of overlapping necessities that served as motivating factors toward conversion. Liberatory themes involving conscious and subconscious racial realignment emerged as post-conversion themes regarding racial identity.
dc.format.extent 238 pages
dc.language.iso en
dc.rights Copyright 2021 Abdullah Alnassar
dc.subject Sociology
dc.subject Religion
dc.subject Black Identity
dc.subject Black Muslim
dc.subject Conversion to Islam
dc.subject Islamic Identity
dc.subject Muslim Identity
dc.subject Racial Identity
dc.title Conversion to Islam and Impact on Racial Identity
dc.type Dissertation
thesis.degree.name Ph.D. in Sociology
thesis.degree.level Ph.D.
thesis.degree.discipline Sociology
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University


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