The small and little known Muslim community in Costa Rica

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Very little is known about the Muslim community in Costa Rica, a small country in Central America with a population of about five million. Sergio Moya, Professor and Coordinator of the Centre of the Middle East and North Africa Studies (CEMOAN in Spanish) of Costa Rica’s National University explains that the emergence of communities only began in the late 20th century. Although there are no official estimates, Moya believes that the Muslim community in Costa Rica is probably the smallest in Central America, with about 400 to 1,200 Muslims, a number which varies considerably depending on who yo…

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