Muslims in Brazil

Brazil is a predominantly Christian country with Islam being a minority religion, first brought by enslaved Africans and then by Lebanese and Syrian immigrants. Due to the secular nature of Brazil’s constitution, Muslims are free to proselytize and build places of worship in the country. However, Islam isn’t independently included in charts and graphics representing religions in Brazil due to its small size, being grouped in “other religions”, which generally represent about 1% of the country’s population. The number of Muslims in Brazil, according to the 2010 census, was 35,207 out of a population of approximately 191 million people. Muslim immigrants in Brazil
Following the revolt of the Afro-Brazilian Muslim community, the next period of Islam in the country was primarily the result of Muslim immigration from the Middle East and South East Asia. Some 11 million Syrian and Lebanese (mostly Maronite Christians) immigrants live throughout Brazil. The biggest concentration of Muslims is found in the greater São Paulo region.

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