Christian Science Monitor
has an interesting piece
on women converts to Islam. Given the fascination people have about women and Islam (some of it founded, some of it not), the author goes a step or two beyond the stereotypes and lets a convert offer her perspective. The interest in women converts is not new, but given the extremely unfortunate episode of a woman convert blowing herself up, the fascination is renewed. But there is an irony in this fascination: why are people perplexed with women becoming interested in Islam? Why does gender take the discussion away from a more generic "human" spiritual pursuit? If a woman makes a spiritual choice, are we to believe that there's something else involved, something associated with gender, as if women have "other" needs with all matters, including the spiritual realm? What happened to liberal sensitivity?