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Latinos are becoming the new face of Islam

By Karina VasquezBeing Latino Online MagazineJune 16, 2011 Despite the polar differences that exist between conservative Muslims and Latino Catholics, there are those in the Latino community that are willing to give up their pernil Christmas dinners and are converting to Islam. It does not seem like the smoothest transition. As a Latino Catholic converting […]

Hispanic woman who converted to Islam experiences prejudice from fellow East Harlem residents

By Michael J. FeeneyNY Daily NewsAugust 31, 2011 Julissa Fikri grew up in East Harlem – and never thought she’d hear hateful words in her own neighborhood about converting to Islam. “As soon as I started wearing [the hijab] I got a lot of stares,” said Fikri, 27, who was raised as a Christian in […]

Latino Family Reflects On Conversion To Islam

By Rebecca RomaniKPBS NewsSeptember 7, 2011 The Arancibia family home sits on a small hillside in rural Bonita in southern San Diego County. Laughter rings out around the house where Spanish and English comfortably co-exist in an ever-growing family of married children, grandchildren and friends. Despite appearances, the Arancibia’s are not your typical California Latino […]

Diana Marquez: Convert to Islam says new found faith has made her more compassionate

By Joseph FreemanOrlando SentinelSeptember 10, 2011 On Sept. 11, 2001, Diana Marquez was living in Queens, N.Y., with her husband, who worked at the New York Stock Exchange. A Jehovah’s Witness with Hispanic heritage, she had little contact with Muslims. But the attacks that day sparked an interest in Islam for the first time, Marquez […]

Coming Full Circle: The Growth of Islam among Latino/as

By Jameelah Xochitl MedinaLa Prensa San DiegoApril 8, 2011 Re-visiting the Past: Ancestral Memory of Islam Although many US Americans of all ethnicities are embracing Islam, I often wonder if ancestral memory plays a role in the number of Latino/as embracing the faith of Islam. Latino/as may be first or even 3rd and 4th generation […]

Akbar Ahmed Explores the Challenges Facing Latino-Muslims

By Hajer NailiILLUME MagazineApril 14, 2011 Ambassador Akbar Ahmed is the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies and professor of international relations at the American University in Washington, D.C. He is the author of many books, including Journey into America: the Challenge of Islam (Brookings Press, July 2010). He spoke with Illume about Latino-Americans converting […]

Latino Muslims Define Their Identity 10 Years After 9/11

By Jorge Luis MaciasHuffington PostSeptember 9, 2011 It has been 10 years since the Sept. 11 terror attacks, but many Latino Muslims say there is still a lack of understanding about their religion and its practices. A 2007 study conducted by the Pew Research Center showed that Latino Muslims accounted for an estimated 4 percent […]

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