Sabir Nakhuda’s book “Muslims of CARICOM” will be launched on Wednesday January 8, 2020, 7p.m. (Eastern Caribbean Time). The launch ceremony will be broadcast live at https://www.facebook.com/Benga
ABOUT THE BOOK
Suleiman Bulbulia, Secretary, Barbados Muslim Association describes the book on its cover:
“‘Muslims of CARICOM’ brings to light the history and depth of the contribution Muslims have made to the development of Islamic and the wider communities in Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states. Sabir Nakhuda’s meticulous research chronicles the presence of Islam and Muslims over several centuries in the Caribbean region and exposes, perhaps for the first time, persons who have contributed to the existence of successful Muslim communities in each of the countries presented.
The book further enhances a body of knowledge that is limited in CARICOM on Islam and Muslims. It dispels the misconception that Islam is a recent phenomenon to this region practiced mainly by outsiders or newer migrants to the Caribbean.”
Barbados’ Ambassador to CARICOM records his comments on the cover saying
All of us who are citizens or partisans of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) really owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Mr. Sabir Nakhuda for so diligently and painstakingly researching and writing the story of the Muslims of CARICOM, for it is a story that has long been ignored, marginalized, distorted and often even denied!
Mr. Nakhuda’s book sets out very consciously to address the glaring deficiency in the historiography of the Caribbean, by ensuring that the story of “The Muslims of CARICOM” does not begin with the 19th century Post-Emancipation arrival in the Caribbean of so-called “indentured servants” from India, but rather, that it is located in the earliest beginnings of the criminal European “trade” in enslaved Africans and their transportation across the Middle Passage to the Caribbean.