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The way we were: religious conversions

Extracts from memoirs and diaries

By Ian Irvine   July 2015

Singer and Muslim convert Cat Stevens, now known as Yusuf Islam, in 1995. © Sutton-Hibbert/Rex

Alphonse Ratisbonne, a freethinking French Jew, has a vision of the Virgin Mary in a church in 1842:

“Coming out of the café I met the carriage of Monsieur B [a proselytising friend who had given him a medal of the Virgin]. He stopped and invited me in for a drive, but first asked me to wait for a few…

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