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The Muslims of Latin America and the Caribbean

Ken Chitwood
The Muslims of Latin America and the Caribbean
ISBN: 978-1-62637-948-0
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ISBN: 978-1-62637-981-7
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2021/285 pages/LC: 2021016143
Also of interest: The Jews of Latin America, 3rd ed. by Judith Laikin Elkin
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The "Muslim World" is often narrowly conceived as tied to the Middle East and North Africa, or more broadly as encompassing Africa’s Sahel region, South and Southeast Asia, and parts of the Balkans. But what about Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)? It is this question that inspired Ken Chitwood's book.

Chitwood traces the story of Muslims in LAC: their deep roots in the region, as well as the current connections among the multiple networks of people, ideas, economies, politics, and religion that extend across the Americas and beyond. Moving from pre-Columbian encounters to the present day, his rich account leaves the reader with a deeper understanding of an integral, but little recognized, part of the Americas and global Islam.


Ken Chitwood is the Fritz Thyssen Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, Free University of Berlin. He is also an award-winning religion newswriter with bylines in Newsweek, Salon, The Washington Post, Religion News Service, The Los Angeles Times, and Christianity Today.


  • Putting Muslims on the Map in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • The Question of Pre-Columbian Contact.
  • Los Moros, Spain, and the Making of the "New World."
  • Enslaved Muslims and Their Enduring Legacy.
  • Indentured Servants and Immigrants.
  • Halal in Brazil and the Global Muslim Economy.
  • Islamophobia and the War on Terror.
  • Seeking a Better World in Mexico.
  • The Contest for Sunni Hegemony in the Caribbean.
  • The Dream of a Latinx Muslim Homeland.
  • The Americas as Part of a Broader "Muslim World."