Islam in Zimbabwe
Islam is the religion of less than one percent of the population of Zimbabwe. The Muslim community consists primarily of South Asian immigrants (Indian and Pakistani), a small number of indigenous Zimbabweans, and a very small number of North African and Middle Eastern immigrants.There are mosques located in nearly all of the larger towns.
Estimates on the number of Muslims in Zimbabwe vary from as low as 50.000 to as many as 120.000, according to the United States State Department.
There have been rumours amongst extreme muslims that say that Arab traders played a major role in the construction of Great Zimbabwe. People who believe in this rumour point to the indigenous tribe of Varemba/Lemba which mostly resides Masvingo and Mberengwa who retain several allusions to Abrahamic religions. Although a small proportion practice Islam, the majority identify themselves as the "black jews of Zimbabwe".
A great number of Muslims have also arrived since the discovery of diamonds in the Manicaland area from north and western African regions. The Islamic migrants are largely coming from the Yao tribe of neighboring Malawi.
- Reporter Interactive at Archive.org: Zimbabwean Christians and Muslims
- Adherents.com: estimates on Muslims in Zimbabwe
- New York Times: the ban of Calls to Prayer in Zimbabwe
- US State department: religion in Zimbabwe
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