400 converts to Islamic faith in 2004

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25 July 2005, BRUSSELS — Some 400 Belgians converted to the Islamic faith in 2004, three-quarters of whom were women.

25 July 2005

BRUSSELS — Some 400 Belgians converted to the Islamic faith in 2004, three-quarters of whom were women.

The Islamic Centre in Brussels said public interest in the Muslim faith has increased since the 11 September attacks in the US.

A total of 300 people converted to the Islamic faith in 2003.

"People are discovering that we are different from the picture that the media has portrayed," Islamic Centre spokesman Abdel Kadet said.

However, the centre was unable to explain why 300 of the 400 Belgian converts last year were women, news agency 'Belga' reported on Monday.

"It is definitely not because these women become Muslim to be able to marry a Muslim. Muslim men may actually marry women of another faith," Abdel Kadet said.

The Islamic Centre, however, was more definite when it explained the motivation of men to become a Muslim.

"There is often a Romeo and Julia theme as the base: the Belgian man is head over heels in love with a Muslim girl."

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Belgian news

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