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26 I SPECIAL FEATURE Passion Islam I November 2008
Muslims
in Brazil
Islam in Brazil was first practiced by African Moritz Rugendas, 1835The history The Muslim uprising of 1835 in Bahia
slaves. The early Brazilian Muslims led of Muslims in Brazil begins with the illustrates the condition and legacy of
the largest slave revolt in Brazil, which importation of African slave labor to the resistance among the community of
then had the largest slave population of country. Brazil obtained 37% of all African Malês, as African Muslims were known in
the world. The next significant migration slaves traded, and more than 3 million 19th century Bahia. Muslim African tribes
of Muslims was by Arabs from Syria and slaves were sent to this one country. are Ful, Mandinka, Yao, and Makonde.
Lebanon. The number of Muslims in Starting around 1550, the Portuguese Beginning on the night of January 24,
Brazil according to the 2000 census was began to trade African slaves to work the 1835, and continuing the following
27,239. sugar plantations once the native Tupi morning, a group of African born slaves
people deteriorated. Scholars claim that occupied the streets of Salvador and for
Africans bring Islam to Brazil Brazil received more enslaved Muslims more than three hours they confronted
Capoeira or the Dance of War by Johann than anywhere else in the Americas. soldiers and armed civilians.
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