Islam in Puerto Rico

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Islamic Center in Ponce

In 2007, there were over 5,000 Muslims residing in Puerto Rico, representing about 0.1% of the population.[1][2] The early Muslim community largely consisted mainly of Palestinian and Jordanian immigrants who arrived between 1958 and 1962. At the time, the vast majority of Puerto Rico's Muslims lived in Caguas[3] – a city in the island's central region located south of San Juan – where they operated restaurants, jewelry stores and clothing outlets. A storefront mosque on Calle Padre Colón in the Río Piedras district of San Juan served the entire religious community on the island during earlier years, however, today there are mosques and Islamic centers in Aguadilla, Arecibo, Hatillo, Ponce, Vega Alta, and San Juan.[4] The American Muslim Association of North America (AMANA) also has an office in Cayey.

Notable Puerto Rican muslims[edit]

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  1. ^ Institute of Islamic Information and Education: Number of Muslims and Percentage in Puerto Rico Retrieved June 11, 2009.
  2. ^ Percent Puerto Rican population that are Muslims Retrieved June 8, 2009. Archived January 17, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Muslim Minorities in the West: Visible and Invisible, By Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad, Jane I. Smith, pg. 266
  4. ^ Muslim Students Association @ Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico[permanent dead link]
  • America's Alternative Religions Timothy Miller State University of New York Press, 1995
  • Saudi Aramco World, December 1987

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