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CHAPTER 1. INTRODUCTION
1.1 Research Aims & Methodology
1.1.1 Aims of Study
1.1.2 Methodology
1.2 Conversion to Islam in Britain: A Historical Perspective
1.2.1 The Early Encounters with Islam
1.2.3 Conversion Today
1.4 Literature on Religious Conversion
1.4.1 Theories, Models, and Empirical Studies of Conversion
1.4.2 Studies of Conversion to Islam
CHAPTER 2. PART I: CONVERSION NARRATIVES ONLINE
2.1 The Conversion Narrative Genre
2.2 The Data Set
2.3. Contextual Disjuncture vs. Contextual Continuity
2.4. Adoption of Host Rhetoric
2.5 Conversion in Cyberspace
CHAPTER 3. PART II: PRE-CONVERSION CONTEXT
3.1 Religiosity
3.1.1 Religious – Strong Institutional
3.1.2 Religious – Strong Private
3.1.3 Religious – Nominal
3.1.4 Non-religious – Agnostic/Atheist
3.2 Milieu Tension
3.2.1 Manifest Contextual Tension
3.2.2 Rhetorical Contextual Tension
3.2.3 Contextual Concordance
3.3 Social Embedment
CHAPTER 4. PART II: CONVERSION PROCESSES
4.1 Decision
4.1.1 Conviction
4.1.2 Commitment
4.1.3 Decision Motifs
4.1.4 Antecedents of Commitment
4.2 Act of Conversion
4.2.1 Where and How
4.2.2 Ritual Interpretation and Transformative Efficacy
5.1 Disclosure
5.2 - Adapting to change
5.2.1 Onomastic changes
5.2.2 Dietary and other Lifestyle changes
5.2.3 Gender relations, the Hijab and other Sartorial changes
5.3 – The Social Matrix
5.3.1 The Receding Group
5.3.2 – Host group
5.4 The Lived reality and Remaining Converted
5.4.1 Cognitive or moral dissonance with aspects of Islam
5.4.2 Disillusionment with co-religionists
5.4.3 Difficulty in maintaining a Muslim lifestyle
6.1 Delineating Motivations for Conversion
6.2 Motive Categories
6.2.1 Conversion as Theological or Intellectual Corroboration
6.2.2 Conversion as Lifestyle or Perspective Reconciliation
6.2.3 Conversion as Lifestyle Evaluation and Reconfiguration
6.2.4 Conversion as Political or Economic Critique or Dissent
6.2.5 Conversion as Socio-Cultural Critique or Dissent
6.2.6 Conversion as Religious Critique or Dissent
6.2.7 Conversion as Social Matrix Reconfiguration
6.2.8 Conversion as Relationship Consolidation
6.2.9 Conversion as Rebellion
6.2.10 Conversion as Capitulation
6.2.11 Conversion as Supernatural or Mystical Concordance
CHAPTER 7. CONCLUSION
7.1 Profile of a Community
7.2 Accounting for the growth of Muslim conversion in Britain
7.3 Converting Online and the future of conversion to Islam
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