List of converts to Christianity from Islam

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For safety reasons most converts will not have their names listed here, the Islamic faith forbids apostasy, and the punishment for apostates is a death sentence in some countries.[1][2]

Converts to Christianity from Islam
Total population

10.2 million according to 2015 study[3]

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Constantine the African was a physician who converted to Christian-Catholicism from Sunni Islam.

Rev. Manigun Sayed, the first Muslim convert in Manipur (born in 1965 and converted to Christianity in 1985), from Manipur, India

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  • Sabatina James (born 1982) – born in Dhedar, Pakistan; Austrian-Pakistani book author; started a new life in Vienna, changing her name and converting to Catholicism; baptized in 2006[127]
  • Esther John – born to a Pakistani Muslim family; converted to Christianity; became a nurse to rural communities in Northern India and was later murdered[128]
  • Mario Joseph – born into a Muslim family in Kerala, India, he became a notable Imam before the age of 18, but subsequently converted to Catholicism whereupon he was tortured and forced to flee to Europe[129]
  • Lina JoyMalay convert from Islam to Christianity; born Azlina Jailani in 1964 in Malaysia to Muslim parents of Javanese descent; converted at age 26; in 1998, she was baptized, and applied to have her conversion legally recognized by the Malaysian courts[130]
  • Don Juan of Persia (1560–1604) – late 16th- and early 17th-century figure in Iran and Spain; also known as Faisal Nazary; was a native of Iran, who later moved westward; settled in Spain where he became a Roman Catholic[131]

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Imad ud-din Lahiz was an Islamic writer, preacher and Quranic translator, who converted to Christianity from Islam.
Sake Dean Mahomed was a traveller, surgeon and entrepreneur who converted to Christianity from Sunni Islam.

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  • Malika OufkirMoroccan writer and daughter of General Mohamed Oufkir; she and her siblings are converts from Islam to Catholici; and she writes in her book, Stolen Lives, "we had rejected Islam, which had brought us nothing good, and opted for Catholicism instead"[177]

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  • Nabeel Qureshi – former Ahmadiyya Muslim; converted to Evangelical Christianity in 2005; has since become an internationally recognized apologist with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries[183][184]

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Queen Nazli Sabri of Egypt, who converted to Christian-Catholicism from Sunni Islam

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  • Muley Xeque (Arabic: مولاي الشيخ Mawlay al-Shaykh) – Moroccan prince, born in Marrakech in 1566; exiled in Spain, he converted to Roman Catholicism in Madrid and was known as Philip of Africa or Philip of Austria[242]

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