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Government concerned about expansion of Islam

Summary & Comment: The Angolan Government is worried about the expansion of Islam and its consequences in the organisation and structures of the Angolan society. The minister for Culture, Rosa Cruz e Silva said that what is happening is not hostility to Islam as doctrine, but only the practice of acts which are harmful to Angolan society. A study will be conducted. JK

Author: ANGOP. Luanda Date Written: 31 March 2009
Primary Category: Angola Document Origin: ANGOP
Secondary Category: Gender Source URL: http://www.angop.org
Key Words: Angola, Islam, women, customs, warning,

African Charter Article #18: The State will protect the family as the natural unit and basis of society; the rights of women, children, the aged, and the disabled will be protected. (Click for full text...)



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Government concerned about expansion of Islam

The Angolan Government is worried about the expansion of Islam and its consequences in the organisation and structures of the Angolan society, ANGOP learnt on Tuesday in Luanda from the minister of Culture, Rosa Cruz e Silva. Addressing the deputies of the sixth commission of the National Assembly, who visited the facilities of the National Institute of Religious Studies (INAR), Rosa Cruz e Silva expressed concern about the growth and increase of number of followers of this religion in Angola. "Our worry has to do with the expansion of Islam and the consequences it may cause to the organisation and structure of the Angolan society", she said.

In her turn, the National Institute for Religious Affairs (INAR), Fátima Viegas, said that it is in place a study to determine to what extent the Islam is ingrained in the Angolan society. "The Islam is a situation that is worrying at the time that we have been receiving from the population some complaints related to many young women who have become slaves after marrying people who profess this doctrine. The information that we have been receiving state that these women are not companions, but slaves who are forced to be subjected to habits that have nothing to do with the customs of the Angolan people", asserted Fátima Viegas. As we know, added the official, one of the State concerns is the protection of the citizen, thus it is one of the reasons that take INAR, in particular, to engage means and efforts for a study in depth on the phenomenon in cause.

According to her, what is happening is not hostility to Islam as doctrine, but only the practice of acts which are harmful to Angolan society. Although it is professed by many people, mostly from Arab countries, Islam is a strange phenomenon to the Angolan culture and does not have historical roots in the country's tradition, though it is currently a reality.

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