Islam in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands

The presence of Islam in the Cocos islands is due to the population who were brought to Cocos and Christmas islands as labourers, of Malay and Indonesian origin.

Roughly 80 percent of the inhabitants on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands are Sunni Muslims.[1] The population on the two inhabited islands generally is split between the ethnic Europeans on West Island (est. pop. 120) and the ethnic Malays on Home Island (est. pop. 500). The islands main Muslim organisation is the Islamic Council of Cocos Keeling Islands.[2]

The Islands have three mosques, the most recent of which located on West Island.[3]


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