Islam in Bolivia
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There are many Islamic organizations spread throughout the country, including Centro Islámico Boliviano in Santa Cruz, Centro Islámico Boliviano in Sucre led by Imam Hassan Tawafshah, Centro Islámico Boliviano in Cochabamba led by Imam Daud Abujder, and Musulmana Casilla in Sucre.
The Centro Islámico Boliviano (Bolivian Islamic Center) was created in August 1986 by Imam Mahmud Amer Abusharar, who arrived from Palestine in 1974. In 1992 a commission for the construction of the first mosque in Bolivia was satisfied, which was completed in September 1994 in the city of Santa Cruz. Imam Mahmud Amer Abusharar died on 14 May 2011. Presently the CIB does not have branches in Sucre, Cochabamba or La Paz, with few indigenous Bolivians accepting Islam. On the international level, CIB is not a branch of the Islamic Organization for Latin America.
In 2004 the first Sunni Mosque with legal entity, Mosque Yebel An Nur, was founded in 2004. Prior to that Islam was rather unheard of in La Paz and the Muslim community was composed of few that frequently meet in their homes. As the Muslim Community gradually grew in La Paz difference of personal opinions, egos, and conspiracy for management grew from within causing the community to break into factions. Mosque Yebel An Nur remains self-funded with close ties to the Sunni Bolivian Islamic Center of Santa Cruz while Mosque As-Salam receives both Sunni and Shia followers, connections, and funding.
In 2006, the second Mosque As-Salam has been inaugurated in La Paz city although the members of the Asociacion Islamica de Bolivia where the majority of Muslims are Bolivians converted to Islam along with Arab Muslims from different countries and others came together for practicing their religion since many years. There are also other communities in La Paz and Sucre.
- Miller, Tracy, ed. (October 2009), Mapping the Global Muslim Population: A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World's Muslim Population (PDF), Pew Research Center, p. 35, retrieved 2009-10-08
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