ISLAM and MUSLIMS IN EL SALVADOR
National name : República de El Salvador
Land area : 8,000 sq mi (20,720 sq km); total area: 8,124 sq mi (21,040 sq km)
Population (2007 est.) : 6,939,688
Capital and largest city (2003 est.): San Salvador, 1,791,700 (metro. area), 504,700 (city proper)
Other large cities : Santa Ana, 167,200; San Miguel, 145,100; Zacatecoluca, 36,700
Monetary units : Colón; U.S. dollar
Languages : Spanish, Nahua (among some Amerindians)
Ethnicity/race : mestizo 90%, white 9%, Amerindian 1%
Religions : Catholics 83%; growing population of evangelical Protestants (1992)
Literacy rate : 80% (2003 est.)
Economic summary : GDP/PPP (2005 est.): $33.68 billion; per capita $4,900. Real growth rate: 4.9%. Inflation: 4.3%.
Situated on the Pacific coast of Central America, El Salvador has Guatemala to the west and Honduras to the north and east. It is the smallest of the Central American countries, and it is the only one without an Atlantic coastline. Most of the country is on a fertile volcanic plateau about 2,000 ft (607 m) high.
The Pipil Indians, descendants of the Aztecs, likely migrated to the region in the 11th century. In 1525, Pedro de Alvarado, a lieutenant of Cortés's, conquered El Salvador.
El Salvador, with the other countries of Central America, declared its independence from Spain on Sept. 15, 1821, and was part of a federation of Central American states until that union dissolved in 1838. For decades after its independence, El Salvador experienced numerous revolutions and wars against other Central American republics. From 1931 to 1979 El Salvador was ruled by a series of military dictatorships.
In 1969, El Salvador invaded Honduras after Honduran landowners deported several thousand Salvadorans. The four-day war became known as the “football war” because it broke out during a soccer game between the two countries.
Islamic History and Muslims
Muslim community in El Salvador,
consisting of Arab and Turkish immigrants. However, the majority of the Arabic
population in the country are Christian mainly Lebanese and Palestinian. There
is a small mosque in San Salvador, Mezquita de la Luz (Mosque of Light), run by
'Centro Islámico Árabe Salvadoreño.
Islamic Centers and Organizations