Journalist Edgard Garrido embarked on a trip to Mexico’s indigenous Maya region, and found a thriving Muslim community which emerged in this predominantly Roman Catholic country. In the southern state of Chiapas, hundreds of Tzotzil people (of Mayan origin) started converting to Islam in the late 1980s. Though Muslims make up less than 1% of Mexico’s population, a disproportionate number live in and around San Cristobal de las Casas, a mountainous city in Chiapas that blends both Maya and Spanish identity.
“People gave us a weird look when we converted, they thought we were terrorists and were scared of us,” says a local Muslim man named Mustafa. “But with the passage of time and our own actions, that opinion has changed.”
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