(Mis)Understanding Muslim Converts in Canada: A Critical Discussion of Muslim Converts in the Contexts of Security and Society


Scott Flower and Deborah Birkett

This research seeks to understand the causes and processes of Islamic conversion in Canada through this initial study of Islamic conversion in Ontario. It attempts to contextualize Islamic conversion within Canada’s national security debate.

Canadian census data shows that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the country, and that although most of the Muslim population growth is related Muslim birth rates and migration, since 2001 the Muslim population has also increased as a result of religious conversions by non-Muslim Canadians. Canadian converts are interesting because there are literally no published studies on Canada’s Muslim convert population to date. Our research essentially explores how social contexts affect converts’ beliefs, experiences, attitudes and behavior.

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TSAS WP14-06

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