From Moriel USA … a good site. (usually!)
January 10, 2011
Paul L. Williams, Ph.D.
A study by of the Centre for Migration Policy Research at Swansea University shows that thousands of Britons are converting to Islam every year – with more women becoming Muslims than men.
The research suggests that the numbers converting to the religion has doubled by 2010 from the 60,669 converts in 2001.
The average age of the Muslim converts is 27.5, with 520,0o0* Brits becoming Muslims in the past 12 months.
* this figure has been disputed by Wazza and he’s right. The correct figure is 5,200. … oh dear! If the church isn’t making converts on that scale in the UK there really is no hope! But we believe in a God who is mighty to save! … Don’t we?
from the actual report from here
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF FINDINGS
- Using data on conversion from the Scottish Census of 2001, it was calculated that there were 60,669 converts to Islam in the United Kingdom in 2001;
- 55% of converts in 2001 were from the White British ethnic group;
- It is estimated that in 2010 approximately 5,200 people converted to Islam in the UK;
- The total number of converts in the United Kingdom may have risen to as high as 100,000 in 2010;
- British national newspapers regularly present converts in terms of a greater threat to security than other British Muslims;
- The survey of converts to Islam in the United Kingdom carried out during August and September 2010 is the largest survey of its kind to date;
- Profile of respondents:
o 56% White British, 16% Other White, 29% non-White;
o 62% female, 38% male;
o Average age at conversion was 27.5.
- The survey provides no evidence to support the claim that most conversion is driven by the desire to marry a Muslim;
- When thinking about converting, converts got most help and assistance from books, Muslim acquaintances and the Internet;
- The majority received no help from a mosque – mosques are generally thought to not have sufficient provision for converts and less than half of converts felt that mosques had appropriate provision for people interested in Islam;
- The majority experience difficulties after converting due to the negative attitude of their family, but over time this attitude becomes more positive;
- The majority of converts see themselves as both British and Muslim;
- The majority feel that there is more good than bad about British culture and do not feel that most British people are hostile to Islam;
- The majority of converts feel that there is no natural conflict between being a devout Muslim and living in the United Kingdom;
- A significant majority feel that it is important for others to be aware that they are Muslims and feel that religion is important in the upbringing of their children;
- The vast majority of women changed their appearance after conversion, with a significant majority adopting the hijab (either straight away or after some time);
- The majority of converts personally disagree with the niqab, although they feel that ultimately it is a matter of personal choice and support the right of women to wear it;
- The majority do not support strict segregation of the sexes – but do not support “free mixing” of the sexes either;
- The majority stated that most or all of their close friends were Muslims, however, almost all felt that Muslims should not keep themselves separate from non-Muslims;
- The most important problems facing converts to Islam include:
o Lack of support networks for converts;
o Feeling of isolation and rejection by born Muslims;
o The way that converts are portrayed in the media;
o The pressure put on them to comply with the cultural norms of born Muslims.
- Almost all feel that some practices of born Muslims are more to do with culture than with Islam;
- The majority of converts feel that converts can (and should) act as a “bridge” between Muslims and non-Muslims.
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