Islam in Brazil
Brazil is known all around the world as a country that values its rich cultural diversity. Not many people know, however, that Islam also has a part on that Islamic community in Brazil. To pay an homage to this diversity, the Embassy of Brazil in collaboration with the National University of Science and Technology (NUST), brought to Islamabad the photo exhibition Islam in Brazil, which aims at Islam in Brazil aims at showing Pakistanis a little known side of the Brazilian life and culture, that of its Muslim community. century and many more came, mostly from Africa, during the colonial period. In the XIX and XX centuries, Brazil received been woven into Brazil’s cultural fabric and can be found particularly in cuisine, textiles and even art. In terms of food, Brazil’s second largest fast food chain is Arabic style restaurant Habib’s and traditional Arabic dishes such as hummus, kibe and falafel can be found everywhere Currently, estimates indicate that there are around 1.5 million Muslims in Brazil, spread all over the country’s territory. According to a census conducted by the Brazilian Institute for Geography and Statistics, the number of Muslims living in Brazil has risen by 29.1 percent between the years 2000 and 2010. The largest part of this community is concentrated in the Southeast and South regions of the country, from giant cities like São Paulo - with its 18 million inhabitants – and Rio de Janeiro, to the borders with Paraguay and Argentina and Muslim population in the Central region of the Brazil, including in the capital, Brasília, and the state of Goiás.