Islam in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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A Quran-stand from the DRC.

Islam has been present in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo since the 18th century, when Arab traders from East Africa pushed into the interior for ivory trade purposes. According to the CIA world factbook, they make up 10% of the population.[1] However, a more realistic estimate is recorded by the Pew Research Project as 1.5%.[2]

The vast majority of Muslims in the country identify themselves as Sunni, following the Maliki school of jurisprudence, 10% are Shia and 6% are Ahmadi.[3]

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  1. ^ CIA World Factbook: DR Congo
  2. ^ Pew Research: Table: Religious Composition by Country, in Percentages
  3. ^ "The World's Muslims: Unity and Diversity". Pew Forum on Religious & Public life. August 9, 2012. Retrieved August 14, 2012.