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Islam spreading in Brazil

August 22, 2011

Islam is on the rise in Brazil, attracting those who disdain society’s libertinism as well as fans of a soap opera with a Muslim hero. Since 2000, the number of mosques in Brazil has quadrupled to 127.

One convert, Omar Israfil Dawud bin Ibrahim, is a 34-year-old ex-priest who is now married to another convert to Islam. “At the seminary, you learn that Islam is one of the monotheistic religions,” he recalls. “There is no prejudice against this religion.”


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