Muslims Keep Arabic Language Alive in Brazil

Out of all Arabs and Arab descendants in Brazil, those professing the Muslim religion display the highest rate of command of the language: 82%, much higher than among Catholics and Evangelicals.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (ANBA) Out of all Arabs and Arab descendants in Brazil, those who profess the Muslim religion boast the highest rate of mastery of the Arabic language, at 82%. Only 10% of Arab Catholics and 4% of Evangelical Arabs in Brazil speak Arabic.

The numbers are from a survey commissioned by the Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) that showed that 6% of Brazil’s population – some 11.6 million people – are either Arabs or of Arab descent. The survey was conducted by Ibope Inteligência and H2R Pesquisas Avançadas, and it was made public in . . .

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