An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of a Religious Conversion

Religious conversion is an important phenomenon in contemporary religious climate, but existing psychology research work is mostly based on quantitative methods. In an attempt to contribute to this field, the present study proposes a qualitative exploration of religious conversion. The in-depth inte...

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Published in:Journal of religion and health
Authors: Iqbal, Naved; Aleem, Sheema; Bains, Anjuman; Radulescu, Anca
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Springer Science + Business Media B. V. [2019]
In:Journal of religion and health
Year: 2019, Volume: 58, Issue: 2, Pages: 426-443
Further subjects:B Buddhism
B Single case study
B Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
B Judaism
B Religious Conversion
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Summary:Religious conversion is an important phenomenon in contemporary religious climate, but existing psychology research work is mostly based on quantitative methods. In an attempt to contribute to this field, the present study proposes a qualitative exploration of religious conversion. The in-depth interview of a French woman is examined in order to investigate her experience of religious conversion, 40 years prior. The interview was analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis, with the purpose of revealing how the participant experienced the process of religious conversion, what was its impact on her life, identity and personality and how she coped with this impact. The four emerging themes were: conflicted relationship with Judaism, the pursuit of a spiritual quest, changes after conversion and life after conversion. These themes painted the image of a powerful spiritual transformation, a profound and dynamic lifelong process, integrating concepts and practices, life changes and developments. The findings are explained with the help of available literature.
ISSN:1573-6571
Contains:Enthalten in: Journal of religion and health
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1007/s10943-017-0463-4