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Islam in Latin America

Although Islam is a minority religion in Latin America, its relevance lies in the integration and organization of the Muslim communities and their participation in the development of several Latin American regions and cities. The first Muslims came to America during the colonial period, when many Muslim slaves arrived at the Caribbean coast. However, they were forced to convert, and any trace of Islam that might have remained in the region was erased. That is why the arrival of Islam to this region is attributed by many authors to the several migratory waves of Arabs that occurred since the 19th century, each with different characteristics. The main Arab migration to the American continent happened at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the ...

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