History Islam in Suriname

 

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Muslims smarten to learn religion. Yet, they constrained the limitations of teachers and books. Republic of Suriname is one of the smallest countries in America. It is only about 163 thousand square kilometers. However, in terms of population demographics, this state could be the most ‘colorful’ with ethnic diversity, culture, and religion.

Indeed, Suriname is a country of former Dutch colony. The Dutch have been in colonialized since 1667. Previously, the country formerly known as Netherlands Guiana named this colonized by the Spanish, Portuguese, and English. Independence in 1975, it has the official name of Republic of Suriname.

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The original inhabitants were the Indians, ethnicities Americas. In the past, the Dutch relied heavily on the plantations of Surinam. Thousands of slaves were shipped from West Africa since the 1700s to be employed in the sugar cane, cotton, cocoa, and coffee. The people of West Africa brought the first Islamic religion in this country. In 1863, the Kingdom of the Netherlands ended the system of slavery. This policy is consequential to the sustainability of plantation jobs in colonial countries, including Suriname. Many slaves left the plantation to seek a more decent livelihood in other jobs. This condition lasted for a while.

Realizing the situation could disrupt the economy, the Netherlands also took rescue efforts. They recruited workers with very cheap payroll. They are partly drawn from several countries and regions colonies, including from Java, Indonesia. Most came from Central Java. At that time, the region’s most densely populated, but the low level of economy. For the first time, groups of immigrant workers Java as many as 94 people arrived in Suriname on August 9, 1890 after a long journey by ship Prins Willem II. They were recruited by the De Nederlandsche Handel Maatschappij and subsequently employed in the sugar cane and sugar company Marrienburg.

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Four years later, the same company that brought the second group consisted of 582 Javanese. Since the year 1890 until 1930, as many as 32,965 Javanese contract laborers employed in Suriname. Given the contractual arrangement, they will work for about five years. After that, workers may choose to stay in Suriname or return to Java. Many of those who returned to Java, but some choose settled in Suriname. They bought Islamic religion in Suriname because Java people are a lot of Muslim (source Republika)

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