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] According to Pew Research Project's 2010 estimates Muslims made up 1.5% of the population,[2] but according to more recent Pew Research Project 2012 data Muslims are 12% of the population.[3]

The vast majority of Muslims in the country identify themselves as Sunni, following the Maliki school of jurisprudence, 1% are Shia and .6% are Ahmadi.[4]

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  1. ^ CIA World Factbook: DR Congo
  2. ^ Pew Research: Table: Religious Composition by Country, in Percentages
  3. ^ (PDF) Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life / Islam and Christianity in Sub-Saharan Africa http://www.pewforum.org/files/2010/04/sub-saharan-africa-chapter-1.pdf Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life / Islam and Christianity in Sub-Saharan Africa.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "The World's Muslims: Unity and Diversity" (PDF). Pew Forum on Religious & Public life. August 9, 2012. Retrieved August 14, 2012.