Dr. Sara Afshari serves as a Research Tutor at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies in Oxford, U.K. Her areas of research include media, religion and culture, religious conversion, interfaith and Islamic studies, and the experiences of refugees and migrants as they settle in new communities. In 2023, she published Religion, Media and Conversion in Iran: Mediated Christianity in an Islamic Context with Routledge.

From Despair to Hope: How Refugees from Muslim Backgrounds Use the Concept of Hope in their Approach to the Church and Conversion

Abstract The central question of this article is how the concept of hope shapes the experiences of refugees from Muslim backgrounds as they approach conversion to Christianity in Europe I will explore this question by briefly considering Charles Richard Snyder’s definition of hope before..... read more