Caribbean Islamic Groups

Among the radical Islamic organizations in the Caribbean Basin, Jamaat al-Muslimeen (JAM--see separate profile) is the most notorious and well-known throughout Trinidad and Tobago. The organization has traditionally been comprised primarily of Afro-Trinidadian Muslim converts to Sunni Islam, who converted to Islam in the 1980s, following the rise of the Nation of Islam in the US. Thus, its ideology and discourse combine a mixture of the most extreme fringes of pan-African nationalism and Black power ideology and identity politics, with Islamist rhetoric and symbolism. Trinidadians, however, characterized JAM as a criminal organization rather than a religious or political one. As the rising crime wave threatened the stability in the country, the Trinidadian government attempted to go after JAM to curb its activity. One of the difficulties in the way to curb the activity of JAM is the existence of other small radical groups in Trinidad, all of them being connected somehow to…

Caribbean Islamic Groups is an active group formed c. 1985.
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