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Volunteers wanted for research

Prof Geraldine Mossiere, an anthropologist at university of Montreal, who has done fieldwork comparing French and Quebecois converts to Islam.  Attached are two of her publications.  The first one is about how converts navigate West and Islam in their new identities; and the second how female converts navigate the competing discourses of oppression vs non-oppression in their new Muslim identity. She wishes now to expand her fieldwork comparing France/Quebec with converts in Ontario. 

She is seeking male or female converts under the age of 35 to participate.  Due to the virus, the interviews will be done over skype.  They will last approximately 90 mins. The aim is to study how conversion affects relationships family, friends, work, etc.  The interviewee will be asked questions about their life trajectory; vision of self; spirituality, and the like.

She has a research assistant from McMaster, Ariane Bedard-Provencher, who is also doing the interviews. The initial plan was that Ariane do in person interviews in Ontario, but of course, with the virus, these will now also be online.

Should you be interested in being a research participant, please email the research assistant: Ariane, at

Jazakunna Allahu Khairan



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Converts United Blog Post

AsSalaamu Alaikum!

My name is Cara Aydin, and I am a sister who was invited by Sr. Karima to write occasional blog posts for JazakAllah khair for starting this initiative, and for having me as a writer!

I am just in the midst of writing a piece. It is literally in the first draft, and so is very preliminary. However, I wanted to run it by you to see if the idea I have is along the lines of something you would want shared/a topic that’s suitable to write on.

I will be adding a bit more, and editing a lot more inshaAllah! So with that in mind, would you mind giving me some feedback on whether or not I am on the right track? In addition, whether or not this is an ideal topic also (as it’s coming from my direct opinion, rather than a personal story)

Thanks so much!
JazakAllah khair,


The Born-Muslim Reaction to Reverts.docx