ISLAM and MUSLIMS IN BOLIVIA

        

General Information

National name              : República de Bolivia

Land area                     : 418,683 sq mi (1,084,389 sq km); total area: 424,164 sq mi (1,098,580 sq km)

Population (2008 est.)  : 9,247,816

Historic and judicial capital (2003 est.): Sucre, 204,200;

Administrative capital : La Paz, 1,576,100 (metro. area), 830,500 (city proper)

Other large cities        : Santa Cruz, 1,168,700; Cochabamba, 815,800; El Alto, 728,500; Oruro, 211,700

Monetary unit             : Boliviano

Languages                  : Spanish, Quechua, Aymara (all official)

Ethnicity/race             : Quechua 30%, mestizo 30%, Aymara 25%, white 15%

National Holiday       : Independence Day, August 6

Religion                     : Roman Catholic 95%, Protestant (Evangelical Methodist) 5%

Literacy rate            : 87% (2003 est.)

Economic summary : GDP/PPP (2005 est.): $23.73 billion; per capita $2,700. Real growth rate: 3.4%. Inflation: 4.9%.

   Brazil forms its eastern border; its other neighbors are Peru and Chile on the west and Argentina and Paraguay on the south. The western part, enclosed by two chains of the Andes, is a great plateau—the Altiplano, with an average altitude of 12,000 ft (3,658 m). Almost half the population lives on the plateau, which contains Oruro, Potosí, and La Paz. At an altitude of 11,910 ft (3,630 m), La Paz is the highest administrative capital city in the world. The Oriente, a lowland region ranging from rain forests to grasslands, comprises the northern and eastern two-thirds of the country. Lake Titicaca, at an altitude of 12,507 ft (3,812 m), is the highest commercially navigable body of water in the world.

Famous since Spanish colonial days for its mineral wealth, modern Bolivia was once a part of the ancient Incan empire. After the Spaniards defeated the Incas in the 16th century, Bolivia's predominantly Indian population was reduced to slavery. The remoteness of the Andes helped protect the Bolivian Indians from the European diseases that decimated other South American Indians. But the existence of a large indigenous group forced to live under the thumb of their colonizers created a stratified society of haves and have-nots that continues to this day. Income inequality between the largely impoverished Indians who make up two-thirds of the country and the light-skinned, European elite remains vast.

By the end of the 17th century the mineral wealth had begun to dry up. The country won its independence in 1825 and was named after Simón Bolívar, the famous liberator.

Islamic History and Muslims



  Islam in Bolivia estimate a Muslim population of around a thousand, representing 0.01 percent of the total population, although Muslims in the country claim the actual number is much larger. There are many Islamic organizations spread throughout the country, including Centro Islámico Boliviano in Santa Cruz, Centro Islámico Boliviano in Sucre led by Imam Hassan Tawafshah, Centro Islámico Boliviano in Cochabamba led by Imam Daud Abujder, and Musulmana Casilla in Sucre.

  The Centro Islámico Boliviano (Bolivian Islamic Center) was created in August 1986 by Imam Mahmud Amer Abusharar, who arrived from the Palestinian territories in 1974. In 1992 a commission for the construction of the first mosque in Bolivia was satisfied, which was completed in September 1994 in the city of Santa Cruz. Presently the CIB doesn't have branches in Sucre, Cochabamba or La Paz , with any indigenous Bolivians accepting Islam. On the international level, CIB is not a branch of the Islamic Organization for Latin America.


  Islamic Centers and Organizations

Organization Name

Address

Phone-Fax-Email-Web

General Information

Centro Islamico Boliviano
 

Centro Islamico Boliviano
CALLE SAN JOAQUIN NRO. 2815,Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz 4777, BOLIVIA

591-3-3468488
591-3-3467616
centroislamico_bolivia@scbbs.net
www.centroislamicoboliviano.org/

Mosque, print shop, translations centre, social centre, conferences hall, audiovisuals, Salat ul -Id, marriages, shahadat Islam, da'wa, conferences in schools, universities, etc. Arabic, aqeeda, fiqh, tafseer courses

La Paz Islamic Center
 

La Paz Islamic Center
Hunahuaca 874,Santa Cruz,  BOLIVIA

 372-818-327-021

 

Musulmana
 

Musulmana
CASILLA: 316,Sucre, BOLIVIA

00591-64-691-2121

 

Asociación de la Comunidad Islamica de Bolivia
 

Asociación de la Comunidad Islamica de Bolivia
Calle Casimiro Corral Nº 590,
La Paz, Bolivia 0000, BOLIVIA

591-2225191
591 224428
asocisbol@yahoo.com
www.geocities.com/asocisbol

Arab, English, French Clases

Asociación Islámica de Bolivia (MEZQUITA AS-SALAM

Asociación Islámica de Bolivia (MEZQUITA AS-SALAM

Calle Fernando Guachalla # 725, Zona Sopocachi,
La Paz, , BOLIVIA

591-2) 2413170
(591-2) 2408036
asociacion_islamica_bolivia@yahoo.com 
www.islambolivia.com 
www.islam-in-bolivia.com   
http://groups.msn.com/islamboliviaLAVERDAD

Our activities are oriented mainly to dawah (difusion of Islam), trough the organization of international congresses and the difusion of islam by media and Internet. Among our activities, we also give classes of: Islam, Arabic and English.

Nurelislam
 

Nurelislam
Santa Cruz,Sucre, , BOLIVIA

www.nurelislam.galeon.com/

 

Centro Islam'co Boliv'iano De Cochabainba
 

Centro Islam'co Boliv'iano De Cochabainba
Cochabamba
Ýmam Daud Abujder

(59-1) 42 22211
 

 

References
Islam in Bolivia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam_in_Bolivia,  June, 2008).
Info please (http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0107345.html,  June, 2008).
World Religions Statistics (http://www.adherents.com/adhloc/Wh_38.html,  June, 2008).
Islam Finder (http://www.islamicfinder.org/cityPrayerNew.php?country=bolivia,  June, 2008).
Anonymous, Documents from Representatives of Islamic Organizations in Bolivia, June 2008.