Identities and Cultures

When a person converts to Islam it can be difficult to know how to deal with the various cultures you find in Muslim communities. How do you balance this with your own identity, the heritage of your parents and ethnicity?

We hope this video and talk will help you think about this subject a little further:

This short talk is by Batool Al-Toma, at the British Islam Conference on ‘Conversion to Islam: Between Isolation and Integration’.

[Excerpt: It is said of the conversion of Lady Evelyn Cobbold, 1867 – 1963 that ‘One often overlooks the fact that becoming a Muslim in Europe was not easy. Converting to Islam was socially alienating and seen as a rejection of the most fundamental expression of Western hospitality.’ How much has changed for the modern day convert to Islam – for the better or worse?]