Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions

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Islam in Argentina

  • Ken ChitwoodEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-08956-0_262-1


Islam in Argentina encompasses the Muslim community in Argentina and its various tributaries – from local converts to historical and contemporary patterns of movement and immigration in the country.


Although the growth of Islam in Argentina picks up pace in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, its origins stem from the early history of the Argentine region. The following covers the contours of the flow of Islam across boundaries and borders, both physical and sociocultural, in Argentina.

Early Muslim Presence

The first slaves arrived in Buenos Aires from Brazil in 1587. In the period between 1580 and 1640, the slave trade in Buenos Aires was very active. The enslaved Africans arrived principally from Brazil via the Portuguese slave trade from Angola and other Western states in Africa. These slaves could then be sent on to other cities in Latin America including Mendoza, Tucuman, Salta Jujuy, or even as far as Lima, Peru. It seems that at least some of these...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of FloridaGainesvilleUSA