Endorsements & Reviews-
Kathryn Kraft has collected some very rich, personal data that is very difficult to obtain and has treated it sensitively in her writing. She contextualises the issues in a distinctive and interesting way, relating the issues to not just their Arab/Muslim context, but also to some of the intellectual challenges involved in the study. In this respect she draws interestingly on some feminist
methodologies and argues that there are parallels between her work and feminism in relation to issues to do with commitment, advocacy and the objectivity of social science. The book will be of academic interest in the sociology and anthropology of religion, amongst Muslims as well as Christians and amongst those interested in inter-faith encounters and, of course, conversion.
Professor Tariq Modood, University of Bristol
This book should be required reading for academics who study conversions to Islam but can't bring themselves to believe that conversion from Islam to the Christian faith can and does happen. It should also be a 'must' for Christians who believe that they have a mission to the House of Islam - especially in the Arab world. While Kraft' s approach is basically sociological, she enables readers to enter into the worldview of Muslims in a very sympathetic and holistic way. Christians engaged in mission will very soon be faced with the challenge: do they have any idea of what it might mean in practice when Muslims are attracted to the person of Jesus and want to follow him in any way? The title sums up perfectly the contents of the book; and while it has all the rigour of
an academic thesis, the material has been thoroughly digested and is presented with a lightness of touch that makes the whole book extremely readable.
Rev Colin Chapman, formerly lecturer in Islamics Studies, Near East School of Theology, Beirut, Lebanon