Conference focuses on Muslim Latinos

By Katherine Pace
Daily Texan Staff
July 09, 2002

The Islamic Society of North America focused on recent trends in religious conversions among Latinos across the United States in a conference last week.

The ISNA held its third annual Conference on Islam among Latino Americans in Rosemont, Ill., as part of a series of conferences held yearly to discuss the role of Islam in America.

Secretary General of ISNA Sayyid M. Syeed said the organization chose to include discussion about Muslim Latinos in the conference to incorporate that community into mainstream American Islam so that they can achieve “Islamic excellence.”

Syeed said the goal of ISNA, a national umbrella organization of different U.S. mosques and Islamic centers, is not to evangelize Islam, but to increase awareness of the growing Muslim Latino community so that mainstream