Iranian Christian Converts in Malaysia

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Gholamreza Nuei Faisal Ahmad Shah


In a majority of Muslim countries, the number of Muslims converting to other religions is not documented. This study investigates a group of Iranians residing in Malaysia, who have converted to Christianity. This article focuses on this subgroup of ex-Muslims to explore the reason of conversion. The data was collected in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. We carried out the study through in-depth interviews with 13 people; also, 45 people answered a (quantitative) questionnaire. The research findings revealed some of the typical religious, social and personal reasons behind the conversion of this group of “ex-Muslims.” The contribution of their Islamic knowledge (including, qur’anic and ḥadīthī) also will be assessed.


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NUEI, Gholamreza; AHMAD SHAH, Faisal. Iranian Christian Converts in Malaysia. Jurnal Usuluddin, [S.l.], v. 46, n. 2, p. 167-202, dec. 2018. ISSN 0128-0708. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 15 nov. 2019. doi: