Hispanic Muslims? An In-depth Look at a Little Known but Growing U.S. Minority -- Sightings
I suspect that for most Americans, the typical Muslim is an Arab. That would be untrue. The majority of Muslims are South Asian and African. In the U.S. there has long been a substantial African-American Islamic community. But what about Hispanic Muslims? We tend to forget the centuries long Moorish presence in Spain that ended only in 1492, the year that Columbus sailed the ocean blue. At that point Muslims who still resided in Spain (as was true of Jews) either had to convert, leave, or face the inquisition. Well, it appears that there is a growing movement within the Latino community to reclaim, to revert to these Islamic roots. In this essay, Ken Chitwood introduces us to this growing movement -- a movement of what he refers to as "quadruple minorities." I invite you to read and consider again the diversity within the Islamic community and what that means for our own cross-cultural and cross-religious conversations.