ISLAM and MUSLIMS IN DOMINICA
Commonwealth of Dominica
Total area : 290 sq mi (751 sq km)
Population (2007 est.) : 68,925
Capital and largest city (2003 est.): Roseau, 20,000
Monetary unit : East Caribbean dollar
Languages : English (official) and French patois
Ethnicity/race : black, mixed black and European, European, Syrian, Carib Amerindian
Religions : Roman Catholic 77%, Protestant 15% (Methodist 5%, Pentecostal 3%, Seventh-Day Adventist 3%, Baptist 2%, other 2%), none 2%
Literacy rate : 94% (2003 est.)
Economic summary : GDP/PPP (2006 est.): $485 million; per capita $3,800. Real growth rate: 3.2%. Inflation: -0.1% (2005 est.).
Dominica (pronounced Dom-in-EEK-a) is a mountainous island of volcanic origin of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean, south of Guadeloupe and north of Martinique.
Explored by Columbus in 1493, Dominica was claimed by Britain and France until 1763, when it was formally ceded to Britain. Along with other Windward Isles, it became a self-governing member of the West Indies Associated States in free association with Britain in 1967.
Islamic History and Muslims
Statistics for Islam in Dominica
are not readily available. According to the International Religious Freedom
Report in 2005, followers of minority religions and denominations, which
range in number from 1.6 percent to 0.2 percent of the population, include
Rastafarians, Jehovah's Witnesses, Anglicans, and Muslims. The Muslim
community, which consists mostly of foreign students at the Ross Medical
School, financed the 2004 construction of a mosque in Portsmouth. The islands
known Islamic organizations include the Muslim Community of Dominica in Roseau
and the Association of Muslim Students at the Ross University School of
Medicine in Portsmouth.
Islamic Centers and Organizations
Muslim Owned Business