Latin American Islamic groups recently assembled in Sao Paulo, Brazil to sign an agreement for the establishment of the Latin American and Caribbean Islamic University.
The institution will allow future Muslim leaders to study Islam without having to move to Muslim countries.
Imams in Latin America have been discussing the idea for years.
Brazil’s Islamic Dissemination Center for Latin America, as well as the Supreme Council of Imams and Islamic Affairs in Latin America and the Caribbean led the project.
Both groups brokered an agreement with the Islamic University of Minnesota, which will provide academic courses and materials for the new institution.
Initially, the school will be headquartered in Sao Paulo with classes in Portuguese.
It will have an additional campus in Mexico City with classes in Spanish.