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CHAD. Comprising more than 1,284,000 square kilometers between the northern and southern edges of the central Sahara, Chad lies at the crossroads of the dar al-Islam and black Africa. About four-fifths of its territory-the entire area north of the tenth parallel-is under the sway of Islam. Sizable Muslim minorities are also found in many southern towns. Slightly more than half of the country's people (estimated at 4 million in 1978) are Muslims (Chapelle, 1980, p. 149). Numbering approximately 4 ...more

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