Islam in Suriname
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According to the most recent census (2004), the Muslim population of Suriname is 66,307, representing about 13.5 percent of the country's total population, giving the country the highest percentages of Muslims on the South American continent. Though the majority belong to the Sunni interpretation of Islam, there is a large proportion who belong to the Ahmadiyya interpretation.
Some speculate that Muslims first came to Suriname as slaves from West Africa and then were converted to Christianity over time, even thzough there is little proof for these speculations. The ancesters of the actual Muslim population came to the country as indentured laborers from South Asia and Indonesia, from whom today most Muslims in Suriname are descended.
Islam in Suriname was strongly influenced by Indonesia and especially Pakistan. Apart from descent, most Surinamese Muslims also share the same culture and speak the same languages. Suriname has a number of Afghan Muslims and their native-born children.
- Bal, Ellen; Kathinka Sinha-Kerkhoff (August 2005). "Muslims in Surinam and the Netherlands, and the divided homeland". Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs 25 (2): 193–217. doi:10.1080/13602000500350637.
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