General Information

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.
  There is also an Islamic Library run by the Shi'ite community, named 'Fatimah Az-Zahra'. They publish the first Islamic magazine in Central America: Revista Biblioteca Islámica. And they are also the only and first Islamic library dedicated to spread Islamic culture in the country.

  Islamic Centers and Organizations

Organization Name Address Phone-Fax-Email-Web General Information

Centro Islamico Arabe Salvadoreño - Mezquita de La Luz

Centro Islamico Arabe Salvadoreño - Mezquita de La Luz
Av. Av. España No.317 San Salvador - El Salvador

Islamic Center
Masjid Dar Ibrahim
Masjid Dar Ýbrahim
Alameda Roosevelt with 35 Av. Sur con Calle El Progreso No.1909 Colonia Flor Blanca, San Salvador -  El Salvador
503- 25354805
Centro Cultural Islamico <<Fatýmah Ez Zahra>>
Centro Cultural Islamico <<Fatýmah Ez Zahra>>
Calle Santa Fe, Pasaje 3-E, Polígono E-2, Casa 39, Residencial La Gloria,
Mejicanos, San Salvador , El Salvador
Islamic Cultural Center

Islam in El Salvador (,  June, 2008).
Info please (,  June, 2008).
Islam Finder (,  June, 2008).
Anonymous, Documents from Representatives of Islamic Organizations in El Salvador, June 2008.