Aug 31 2009
Extremist, fundamentalist Islam is finding fertile ground on this beautiful African Island.
At first glance, Zanzibar is a picture of paradise: the tropical weather, palm-fringed, white sand beaches, and spectacular views leave visitors feeling they have journeyed to the very edge of the Earth. But this vision of an island paradise is only half the story. In recent years, another side to Zanzibar, often hidden to outsiders, has emerged: the face of radical Islam, forcing conversions to Islam and teaching hatred of non-Muslims while trying to impose Shari’a Law on all the people, advocating stonings, beheadings, and limb amputations as punishments. Muslims are trying to make Africa the first all-Islamic continent.