The Ties that Bind: Social Dynamics of conversion in Inter-religious Families, 7th-10th Centuries CE

Anna Chrysostomides
DPhil Candidate, University of Oxford

Conversion is often conceptualized as a single, conscious, and mono-directional choice to change from one religion to another one time. When speaking of the 8th and 9th century in the Near East, this assumes that the convert was an unmarried, free man with no dependents and power to act autonomously within his social circle. What happened when a contemporary woman ascribed to a different religion to that of her husband? How might the spouses express their religious identity in public and private spheres?