ISLAM and MUSLIMS IN BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
Status : Overseas territory
Total area : 59 sq mi (153 sq km)
Population (2006 est.) : 23,098
Capital (2003 est.) : Road Town (on Tortola): 9,100
Monetary unit : U.S. dollar
Literacy rate : 97.8% (1991 est.)
Economic summary : GDP/PPP (2004 est.): $2.498 billion; per capita $38,500. Real growth rate: 1%. Inflation: 2.5% (2003).
Some 36 islands (more than 20 are uninhabited) in the Caribbean Sea northeast of Puerto Rico and west of the Leeward Islands, the British Virgin Islands are economically interdependent with the U.S. Virgin Islands to the south. The principal islands are Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke. When Christopher Columbus explored the islands in 1493, he found the Carib people living there. By 1596 most of the Caribs had fled or been killed.
The British Virgin Islands were annexed in 1672. The English planters' slave-based sugar plantations declined after slavery was abolished in the first half of the 19th century. The islands received a separate administration in 1956 as a Crown colony. Tourism is the islands' mainstay.
Islamic History and Muslims
There are 60 Muslim (0.30%) in Virgin Islands (2000).
Islamic Centers and Organizations
Muslim Owned Business