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A Cairo conversion

I moved to Cairo and fell in love with a beautiful Egyptian doctor. We decided to marry, but first I had to convert to Islam. It didn't take long

By Hugh Miles   April 2008

People travel from across the world to convert to Islam at Al-Azhar University (pictured, below right), the centre of Islamic scholarship in Egypt. The airy public office where my conversion was to take place was filled with an assortment of international visitors. It reminded me of the small claims court in California where I had once sued my landlord.

I’d come to Cairo the previous summer, in 2005, to work as a freelance journalist, and had fallen in love with a beautiful Egyptian doctor named Roda. I’d discovered that dating a Muslim Arab woman in Cairo is by no means…

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