Author Affiliation, Ana.
History; Faculty of Arts and Education
The unsung slaves: Islam in plantation Jamaica: The African connection
Journal of the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs
Date of Publication
1 and 2
Also in Caribbean Quarterly 41, no.3 &4:30-44
Maintaining the African connection, examines the tiny Muslim community of Jamaica, whose existence dates back to the days of slavery and is largely unrecognised in a predominantly black Christian society. Islam was the only one among the three Abrahamic faiths that the African slaves brought with them to the New World. The presence of Islam among the Mandinka slaves is revealed through written accounts and biographical notes left by early pioneers. Though the West African Islamic heritage was systematically and brutally suppressed in plantation Jamaica, the author finds in the contemporary scene positive signs of germination of seeds sown during the early days of plantation slavery.....