Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions

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Islam in Cuba

  • Ken ChitwoodEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-08956-0_264-2


Islam in Cuba covers the historical background, current demographics, and prime considerations of the Muslim population in the Caribbean island nation, which is officially secular in stance but is largely Catholic in practice.


In 2009, the Pew Research Center released a report that placed the number of Muslims in Cuba at 9,000 (0.1% of the population). It is estimated that the community is made up of both converts to the religion and Muslims who were born in another country who immigrated to the Caribbean island nation as students or workers.

Overview of the Population

Religious conversion, switching, and public practice have been on the rise since “the Special Period” – a period in the 1990s that brought about an economic crisis and during which the government abandoned its official atheism. Today, foreign religious organizations and national governments regularly send money in the form of humanitarian aid and supplemental support for the nascent Islamic...


Islam Cuba Muslims Islam in the Caribbean Islam in Latin America Cuban Muslims 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of FloridaGainesvilleUSA