Islam in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been present within the area since the 18th century, when Arab traders from East Africa pushed into the interior for ivory and slave trading purposes. Estimation by Pew Research Center suggests that Muslims constitute today approximately 1.5% of the Congolese population, while according to CIA world factbook, they make up 10% of the population.
Approximately 50% identify themselves as Sunni, 10% Shia and 6% Ahmadi while the majority of the rest are not associated with a particular group.
- ^ "Global Religious Landscape". Pew Forum.
- ^ CIA World Factbook: DR Congo
- ^ "The World's Muslims: Unity and Diversity". Pew Forum on Religious & Public life. August 9, 2012. Retrieved August 14, 2012.