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The history of ancient Islamic holiday becoming uniquely Caribbean

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SHAFAQNA- The Conversation: In order to admire the vibrant floats with beautifully bedecked models of mausoleums, a throng of Trinidadians line up along the streets of St. James and Cedros . Their destination is the waters of the Caribbean,…

Mexico's vibrant Muslim community living in the Maya heartland

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SHAFAQNA - A trip to Mexico's indigenous Maya heartland showed me how a vibrant Muslim community had sprung up in this predominantly Roman Catholic country. In the southern state of Chiapas, home to a lush mountainous landscape, I photographed…

The Mayan Muslims of Mexico

SHAFAQNA - Mexico, was first discovered by the Europeans in their quest for the New World and once they stepped foot on the land, introduced them to the Catholic religion and today in absolute terms it has the second largest Catholic community…