Abstract

After having grown up in a small village in northern Germany in a Protestant surrounding, I lived for several years in London and Paris where I met many people of different cultures and faiths. Finally, I converted to Islam at the age of twenty-six as the result of my own research. My conversion to Islam was later very important for the education of my children, who already had to deal with two very different cultures (Moroccan and German), to give them at least a ‘religious home’. Soon, I got involved in interfaith dialogue, especially with Christians and Jews, during which the following saying from the Qur'an has been very important: ‘For you is your religion, and for me is my religion’, and also following the Qur'anic demand to be tolerant, to keep contact with non-Muslims in a very friendly manner and to strive for a peaceful co-existence.

Contributor Notes

Karin (Karima) Paustian studied and worked in London and Paris for two years, having finished her professional training as an industrial management assistant. During her travels she got in contact with different cultures and finally converted to Islam at the age of twenty-six. Since then, she has been involved in interfaith dialogue.

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