ISLAM and MUSLIMS IN MARTINIQUE
Status : Overseas Department
Land area : 409 sq mi (1,059 sq km); total area: 425 sq mi (1,100 sq km)
Population (2007 est.) : 439,202
Capital and largest city (2003 est.): Fort-de-France, 170,300 (metro. area), 96,400 (city proper)
Other large cities : Le Lamentin, 36,400; Schoelcher, 21,400; Sainte-Marie, 20,600
Monetary unit : Franc
Languages : French, Creole patois
Ethnicity/race : African and African-white-Indian mixture 90%, white 5%, East Indian, Lebanese, Chinese less than 5%
Religions : Roman Catholic 85%, Protestant 10.5%, Muslim 0.5%, Hindu 0.5%, other 3.5% (1997)
Literacy rate : 97.7% (2003 est.)
Economic summary : GDP/PPP (2003 est.): $6.117 billion; per capita $14,400. Real growth rate: n.a. Inflation: 3.9% (1990).
Martinique, a mountainous island lying in the Lesser Antilles about 300 mi (483 km) northeast of Venezuela, was probably explored by Columbus in 1502 and was taken for France in 1635. Martinique became a domain of the French crown in 1674. It became an overseas department of France in 1946.
Islamic History and Muslims
According to 2000 census, there are 300 (0.10%) Muslim in Martinique. The Muslim community is mainly composed of African Muslim immigrants from West Africa. Martinique is also home to a very wealthy immigrant Palestinian Muslim community supported by Saudi Arabia.
Islamic Centers and Organizations
Muslim Owned Business