Latino Muslim Articles (Archives)

Newspaper and magazine articles about Latino Muslims from 1992 until 2015 reveal a growing interest in this community. Notably, in 2011 alone, there were 25 articles dedicated to exploring various aspects of the Latino Muslim experience.

Some Cubans Are Converting To Islam

By Rui FerreiraEl Nuevo HeraldApril 18, 2006 A small number of Cubans have embraced Islam,gathering for prayers and attending religious eventsmostly sponsored by Iranian diplomats in Havana, oneof the converts says. Some Havana residents place the total number ofconverts at 300; others, at 3,000. What’s certain isthat about 70 usually attend the gatherings hosted bythe […]

Some S. Florida Latinas Converting to Islam for Emphasis on Family, Women’s Roles

By Tal AbbadySouth Florida Sun-SentinelJanuary 3, 2006 Melissa Matos slips into an easy communion with her newest circle of friends. At regular meetings, they invoke their families’ native towns in Cuba or the Dominican Republic, or recipes for arroz con pollo. English is interspersed with Spanish. And, posing no incongruity to the women, hijabs, or […]

Panel Highlights Plight of Many Latino Muslims

By Mima MohammedStanford DailyFebruary 24, 2006 While Latinos and Islam may first appear to be unrelated subjects, yesterday’s panel titled “Hispanos Musulmanes: Latinos embracing Islam” highlighted the unique population of Muslims residing in Latin American nations and the Caribbean. The three-person panel, comprised of members from the organization “Members of Latino Muslims of the Bay […]

Reshaping One Nation Under God

By Kenneth ButlerBrownstone MagazineWashington Square NewsFebruary 14, 2006 Latinos and Muslims: a new union between two fast-growing populations When 37-year-old Wilfredo Ruiz, a lawyer in Puerto Rico, made the decision to change his life, it was a relatively easy one. There were no bouts of self-discovery, no ideological struggles and little hesitation. Ruiz remembers the […]

Two Cultures Meet

By Erin UyThe Orange County RegisterMay 19, 2006 Latino, Muslim youths share their heritage via human relations program. When Endy Galindo, 12, takes snapshots of her life, she photographs parked Cadillacs in her neighborhood and her younger siblings. Her new friend, 11-year-old Mariyah Saiduddin, takes photos of herself wearing a hijab, traditional Muslim attire, and […]

Islam is Religion of Diversity, Speaker Says

By Chris MeehanKalamazoo GazetteApril 1, 2006 Juan Galvan told the crowd at Western Michigan University that his own ethnic background reflects the changing profile of modern Muslims. As he opened his presentation to members of WMU’s Muslim Student Association, Galvan said that Islam is a religion of many faces, races and nationalities. “The most ironic […]

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