The Arabs of South America

Most Americans are unaware of this, but there is a massive Arab community in Latin America.  Overall, 5% of Latin America is Arab in origin, which corresponds to roughly 25-30 million people.  This can vary from a low of 2% in Uruguay to an astounding 9% in Argentina; but still you rarely hear about it, except for the occasional arrest of an al-Qaeda member.  There is a good reason for this. Latin-American Arabs are overwhelmingly Christian; usually they are Syrian Orthodox or Roman Catholic, the older liturgical churches which blend in seamlessly in the area.  Those who aren't have often converted to Evangelical Christianity.  Islam, though found, is not so common among them.  Overall, probably 97% or more of Latin-American Arabs are Christians, though this can vary from country to country.   The reason we rarely hear about these Arabs is because they are, for the most part, Westernized Christians.  It was this Christianity which became...(Read Full Article)

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