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Friday, April 26th, 2013

Arab Influence on Samba

74 Brazilian Route from Arab Brazilian Chamber on Vimeo.

Certainly, a lot of the Blacks slaves which went to Brazil were Muslim when they first arrived; but after the Malê Revolt of the early 19th century (around 1835), the Brazilians totally crushed Islam in Brazil.

the Malê Revolt

Fearing the example might be followed, the Brazilian authorities began to watch the malês very carefully and in subsequent years intensive efforts were made to force conversions to Catholicism and erase the popular memory and affection towards Islam. However, the African Muslim community was not erased overnight, and as late as 1910 it is estimated there were still some 100,000 African Muslims living in Brazil.

In effect, Islam was crushed.

In 2010, the Brazilian census reported only 35,167 Muslims. Most of there were of recent immigrant stock.

Friday, April 26th, 2013

A Monument to an Arab King in Brazil

75 King Mohamed V Monument in São Paulo, Brazil from Arab Brazilian Chamber on Vimeo.

The film is in English. I have to assume that is because between Portuguese-speaking Brazilians and Arabs, English is probably a common language.

The Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce runs an English langage website: (Click here)

What is noticeable is that they have a monument to an Islamic King. Almost all Arabs in Brazil are Christian. In the 2010 census, only about 35,167 Brazilians declared themselves as Muslim.

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