Lost Daughters: Affective Framings of Women Embracing Islam

Nella van den Brandt

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This article draws upon and contributes to current discussions in the study of conversion, Muslims in Europe, and gender and emotion. In contemporary Western European contexts, the phenomenon of conversion to Islam evokes various affective responses, including bewilderment, concern, and fear. This article investigates Dutch media representations of women who converted to Islam. It assesses the frames through which female converts to Islam are represented, and particularly explores the existing focus on mother and daughter relationships. Based upon an analysis of the emotions named and generated, this article argues that such affective framings contribute to the shaping of the subject position of female converts to Islam. It moreover demonstrates that emotions such as concern, sadness, grief, and fear are the result from, as well as constructively infuse, contemporary debates on religious and cultural diversity in the Netherlands, in which Islam and Muslims are considered to pose a ‘problem’ for Europe.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)(In-Press)
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Religion
Early online date14 Feb 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 14 Feb 2023


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