Friday, July 10, 2009


From Judaism

Jewish actress, Leila Mourad

From Buddhism

From Hinduism

Parameswara (sultan) the PalembangHindu descent. prince of
From Sikhism


From Paganism

West African leader Samori Ture who fought European colonialism

From Atheism

Undetermined former religion

Ice Cube, famous rapper , actor, screenwriter and director.

Disputed or forced conversions

Francis Bok a Sudanese ex-slave forced to convert to Islam
  • Anusim of Meshhad, Jewish community in 1839. Most continued Jewish practices in secret and many of their descendents returned to Judaism in the early 20th century.[301]
  • Francis Bok - Sudanese-American activist, from Christianity; later returned to his Christian faith.[302]
  • Steve Centanni and Olaf Wiig - while Ramattan TV showed footage of the two converting, both denied the conversion, explaining they had made statements on a gunpoint.[303] Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, professor of sociology and history at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, also denies that any valid conversion took place.[304]
  • Joseph ben Judah ibn Aknin - 12th century Jewish philosopher, forcibly converted by Almohads, lived as crypto-Jew.[305]
  • Sabbatai Zevi - convert from Judaism, 17th century mystic, pseudo-Messiah and the self-proclaimed "King of Jews". Converted ostensibly of his own free will as "Aziz Mehmed Effendi", in 15 September 1666 while in prison. Although, some speculate that he may have been executed for treason had he not converted,[306] Muslim authorities were opposed to his death.[307] He lived his remaining ten years as a public Muslim favoured by the Sultan. Some of his Sabbatean followers became the Donmeh, who behave externally as Muslims.
  • Jacob Frank - publicly converted to Islam in 1757[306] and to Christianity in Poland but actually presented himself as the Messiah of a syncretic derivation of Shabbatai Zevi's Messianism.
  • Omar Sharif - Academy Award-nominated Egyptian actor who has starred in many Hollywood films. He converted formally to Islam in the 1960s to marry a Muslim woman, however at present he does not follow any religion

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