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Islam in Trinidad


Islam in Trinidad is defined by two ethnic groups – Afro-Caribbeans and Indo-Caribbeans – and three major organizations: the Anjuman Sunnatul Jamaat Association (ASJA), the Takveeatul Islamic Association (TIA), and the Trinidad Muslim League (TML). Additionally, the Jamaat al Muslimeen has been an influential Muslim organization as a result of its leader’s attempt to overtake the Trinidadian government in 1990. Eid-al-Fitr is celebrated as a national holiday on the island, and the Hosay festival is a major festival attended by both Muslims and non-Muslims.


While Islam maintains a visible presence within Trinidad – there are numerous Muslim schools and several organizations dedicated to educating the general public about Islam, at least two local Islamic television channels, and Eid-al-Fitr is a public holiday – the actual number of Muslims is only a small percentage of the larger population. The 2011 census indicates that approximately 5 % of Trinidad’s...


  • Mandingo
  • Abu Bakr
  • Indo-Caribbean
  • Hosay
  • Jamaat al Muslimeen
  • Jamaats

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Persaud, P. (2016). Islam in Trinidad. In: Gooren, H. (eds) Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions. Springer, Cham.

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