Islam in Taiwan: Lost in tradition


Taipei, Taiwan – Every Friday afternoon about 1,000 Muslims gather for the weekly prayer at the Taipei Grand Mosque.

Only 20 percent are local Taiwanese – the majority come from Indonesia, Pakistan, Malaysia and various other countries from Africa and the Middle East.

Nestled in the heart of the capital, the mosque was built in 1960 thanks to local donations and funding from the King of Jordan and the Shah of Iran. It has also developed strong ties with Saudi Arabia, as exemplified by the symbolic visit of King Faisal of Saudi Arabia in 1971.

The self-governed Chinese island of Taiwan is about 90 percent Buddhist.


Additional Reading

Islam in China

December 2011 Alislam-eGazette: A watershed moment for China: Islam or Christianity?

Categories: Asia, Islam, Taiwan

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