Islam in South Ossetia

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Islam in South Ossetia is presented by migrants who work there, but not by the native Ossetians, unlike in North Ossetia - Alania.[1]


Islam started to spread in Ossetia in the 14th and 15th centuries. According to sources, mostly high noble families of Ossetian society received Muslim religion and peasants remained into the Christian faith.[citation needed]

“In the 17th and 18th centuries, part of Ossetian people from Digor (under influence of Kabarday) received Islam religion.


Although there are no official censuses, estimates say that about 0.5% of the population of South Ossetia are Muslims. Officials also suspect that Russia's military and political actions will likely cause this percentage to increase.[2][unreliable source?]


  1. ^ "South Ossetia profile". BBC. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Muslims Seen Moving into Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Changing Religious Balance in Both". September 3, 2008. Retrieved 22 September 2017.