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Michael Wolfe

Arthur J. Magida

in Opening the Doors of Wonder

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780520245457
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941717 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520245457.003.0025
Michael Wolfe

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This chapter describes the experiences of writer Michael Wolfe that made him convert from Judaism to Islam, beginning with a brief overview of Wolfe's upbringing and life before conversion to Islam. Wolfe says he was pulled to Islam intuitively and that, for him, Islam was monotheistic, inherently democratic, egalitarian, and tolerant. He appreciates Islam's emphasis on liberty, individual responsibility, and correct action; has taken shahada; and like any good Muslim, prays five times a day and has gone on hajj. Wolfe writes books and produces documentaries, often about Islam, and his book Taking Islam Back: American Muslims Reclaim Their Faith won the 2003 Wilbur Award for Best Book of the Year on a Religious Theme. The chapter further discusses the reactions of other people to Wolfe's conversion and Wolfe's views on conflict between the Western countries and Islam.

Keywords: Michael Wolfe; religious conversion; Islam; Judaism; shahada; monotheism

Chapter.  4775 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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