Changing Faith: The Contexts of Religious Conversion to Islam in Hungary
This paper addresses religious conversion to Islam in Hungary which focuses on investigating the contexts influencing Hungarians to convert, and the process of becoming Muslims. This study involved three levels of analysis; micro-levels of converts, macro-levels of Hungarian political system, and the meso-level of Muslim communities. Becoming Muslim at the micro context can be categorized into finding recognition and active participants. The former depicts religious conversion encouraged by the willing to get mutual recognition either from family or romantic relationships. The latter refers to individuals’ decision to convert as a way of looking for meanings and purposes in their life, and the conversion process is generally more complicated than the former. At the macro context, the collapse of communism and the change of the Hungarian state system have impacted the legal support for Hungarians to get religion freedoms, even to be Muslims. The meso-context analysis shows that the Hungarian Muslim communities provide social supports particularly for the category of the active participants to convert. However, all of the contexts are generally interconnected with each other impacting one change his religious identity.
Keywords - Changing Faith, Becoming Muslims, Religious Conversion, Hungary.