Karla Evans, M.A. graduated from The University of Georgia Department of Religion with a concentration in Islamic Studies. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and raised in Hickory, North Carolina. She completed her B.A. in Anthropology, specializing in the Anthropology of Islam and Contact Period Archaeology in the Southeastern U.S. at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. As part of her thesis research, Evans conducted the study Feeling Muslim: An Intimate Portrait of Identity Cultivation among American Female Converts to Islam, which explores the identity formation and cultivation process of American women of all races and classes who have converted to Islam. She is an instructor of Religion at The University of Georgia and is particularly interested in Islamic Studies, religious conversion, Women’s Studies, and Islam in America.

As American as Apple Pie: U.S. Female Converts to Islam

As U.S. citizens who understand American cultural and societal norms, American female converts to Islam are in a good position to serve as advocates and agents for change, not only for themselves, but also on behalf of their fellow Muslim Americans. These American voices are offering a challenge to both the greater non-Muslim American community and the Muslim American community in clearly articulated, individual voices saying: I am a ‘real American’, I am a ‘real Muslim’, I am ready to have the conversation. You bring the vanilla ice cream – I’ll bring the apple pie. Continue reading