Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Muslim South America

by Jonathan Schanzer from National Review

When I visited the tiny Al-Iman mosque on Paramaribo’s outskirts, I saw firsthand how militant Islam could be gaining a foothold. Some 20 Javanese Muslim congregants in the mosque were learning Arabic and Islamic law from a young Indonesian cleric who received his formal religious training in Saudi Arabia. Embassy officials acknowledged that this young cleric was likely trained by members of the puritanical and radical Wahhabi sect, though they said they didn’t know how many other Saudi-trained clerics there were in Suriname.

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