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Religious Practices: Conversion: Mexico: Chiapas
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Islam was first brought to Mexico by Muslim Spanish conquerors in the early sixteenth century. However, the Moriscos (Muslims forced to convert to Roman Catholicism) did not openly practice their religion due to the repression of Islam in Spain, instead choosing to hide their beliefs in order to survive. In the late nineteenth to early twentieth centuries, Syro-Lebanese immigrants came to Mexico during the final years of the Ottoman Empire. The great majority of these immigrants were Christian but an estimated 10 percent were Muslim and most settled in urban centers such as Mexico City w…

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Cañas Cuevas, Sandra, “Religious Practices: Conversion: Mexico: Chiapas”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 26 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0611f>
First published online: 2009



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