Islam in Malta - History of Muslim in Malta

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  • June 6, 2022

Islam in Malta has had a generally significant impact upon the nation — particularly its language and horticulture — as an outcome of a few centuries of control and presence on the islands. Today, the super Muslim associations addressed in Malta are the Libyan World Islamic Call Society and the minority Ahmadiyya.

Prior to Muslim rule, Eastern Christianity had been prominent in Malta during the time of Greek-Byzantine rule.The thesis of a Christian continuity in Malta during Arab rule has been reinforced by numerous historical sources.

I loved Malta and I was pleasantly surprised! I know many Muslims only visit Muslim countries and miss out on so much adventure and culture that build your character. I have friends who only go to Muslim countries because of the Halal food. For me personally, this is not an issue. I live in the West where not every restaurant serves Halal and I don’t restrict myself to only Muslim countries for this.


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Islam was introduced to Malta when the North African Aghlabids conquered the islands in AD 870. The Aghlabids established their capital in Mdina. The strongest legacy of Islam in Malta is the Maltese language, as most place names are in the Arabic language. But the place names Malta and Gozo are not Arabic. Similarly, most Maltese surnames of Malta such as Borg, Cassar, Chetcuti, Farrugia, Fenech, Micallef, Mifsud and Zammit are from the Arabic language. The Muslims also introduced innovative and skilful irrigation techniques such as the water-wheel which made Malta more fertile.