Blog Archives

Don’t call me “convert” nor ”revert” for that matter

muslim-women

By: Myriam Francois-Cerrah

Sourcehttp://myriamfrancoiscerrah.wordpress.com/

An explanation of why I reject the construct:

My opposition to the use of the word convert to describe someone like myself (Muslim over a decade) is linked to the exclusive and thus exclusionary dimension of the term ‘convert’.

It both identifies those of non-Muslim heritage as different to the rest of the community, in some cases, particularly white converts, as somehow superior and more enlightened, worthy of adulation and praise for having left behind the (implied superior) dominant culture to adopt the (implied lesser) subaltern culture, and on the other hand, serves to deligitimise those same voices when necessary by putting into question the ‘true’ Islamic nature of their identity.

Read the rest of this entry