Identity and Muslim minorities in Colombia

  • Garcia Florez, Maria Del Rosario (PI)

Project: Research project

Project Details


To analyze the electoral participation in Colombia in the election of the Senate of the Republic in the electoral events held since 1947 in the country to observe the participation ranges by department and power, thus formulating general conclusions (for the country) and specific ones (regions and municipalities), product of the systematized data and the analyzed situations. In other words, it is about creation. Although Muslims do not constitute a significant population group from the numerical point of view, this minority is one of the most outstanding examples of articulation to the hegemonic society, if one takes into account that, in its formation, it has gone through various degrees of articulation, going from total exclusion or denial, to an articulation that could be called successful, that is, with a high degree of organization that is manifested in facts such as having founded schools; built one of the three largest mosques in South America; participated actively in industry and commerce and in various works through cultural centers, and other organizations; have a very active participation in politics, and have managed, in recent years, to extend their community, previously limited to Arab immigrants, to people of Colombian origin, who have converted to Islam. The interest of this research will focus on the historical process of formation and articulation of the Muslim minority in Colombia.
The discussion on national identity and difference is the order of the day since it is directly related to problems such as globalization, regionalization, cultural conflicts, migrations, etc., and their impact on contemporary societies. The tendency to the formation of regional blocks and the cultural diversity product of migrations, has relativized and put in discussion concepts such as nationality, national identity, multiculturalism, pluralism. By studying a case such as that of a religious minority in a basically Catholic country, we intend to contribute to this discussion.
Within the context of Colombian political science, the intention is to generate theoretical and practical readings on possible forms of contemporary design of models of multicultural and pluri-ethnic coexistence. This is in view of the internal conflict in Colombia and its imperious need for reflection and action from the political scene.

Commitments / Obligations

Se espera que la investigación constituya un aporte a la discusión sobre identidad nacional y colombianidad. La difusión se hará a través de la publicación de artículos en revistas especializadas y la publicación de un libro con los resultados.
Por otra parte se realizó un seminario sobre ideología y discurso político con estudiantes de las facultades de Relaciones Internacionales y Ciencia Política y Gobierno.
Se realizaron contactos con otros investigadores, y se conformó una red de investigación en la cual participan la Universidad Externado de Colombia, la Universidad Javeriana, la Universidad Nacional, la Universidad de La Salle y la Universidad del Rosario.
Effective start/end date9/1/0212/31/05