11/14/2012 05:02 pm ET Updated Nov 15, 2012

Converting To Your Spouse's Religion: Kari's Story (VIDEO)

Marrying outside one’s religion is less of a cultural taboo today than in generations past, but the question of how couples can best integrate their faiths into family life doesn’t have a simple answer. On a segment for HuffPost Live, guest Kari Ansari discussed why she chose to do something she never thought she’d do before marriage: convert to her husband’s religion.

“When I got married, I had absolutely no intention of becoming a Muslim whatsoever. And my husband had no interest in converting me either,” Ansari shared. “But as a few years went through in our marriage, he became a little more serious about his own faith practice, and as he matured, I just saw how his dedication to his faith made him such a better person. And his behavior made me more interested.”

Host Josh Zepps asked Ansari if she would have come to Islam if her husband had tried to convert her.

“It probably would have had the opposite effect,” she said.

Zepps and Ansari, a writer and co-founder of America's Muslim Family Magazine, were joined by Briallen Hooper, a lecturer at Yale University, Craig Harline, a professor at Brigham Young University, Remy Maisel, a student at Penn State University, and Tally Wilgis, an evangelical pastor.

Watch the full segment on HuffPost Live.



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