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Land area                     : 174,849 sq mi (452,860 sq km); total area: 178,703 sq mi (462,840 sq km)

Population (2007 est.)   : 5,795,887

Capital city (2003 est.) : Port Moresby, 324,900

Monetary unit              : Kina

Languages                      : Tok Pisin (Melanesian Pidgin, the lingua franca), Hiri Motu (in Papua region), English 1%2%; 715 indigenous languages

Ethnicity/race                  : Melanesian, Papuan, Negrito, Micronesian, Polynesian

Religions                          : Roman Catholic 22%, Lutheran 16%, Presbyterian/Methodist/London Missionary Society 8%, Anglican 5%, Evangelical Alliance 4%, Seventh-Day Adventist 1%, other Protestant 10%, indigenous beliefs 34%

Literacy rate                    : 66% (2003 est.)

Economic summary         : GDP/PPP (2007 est.): $16.56 billion; per capita $2,900. Real growth rate: 4%. Inflation: 1.8%.

  Papua New Guinea occupies the eastern half of the island of New Guinea, just north of Australia, and many outlying islands. The Indonesian province of West Papua (Irian Jaya) is to the west. To the north and east are the islands of Manus, New Britain, New Ireland, and Bougainville, all part of Papua New Guinea. About one-tenth larger than California, its mountainous interior has only recently been explored. Two major rivers, the Sepik and the Fly, are navigable for shallow-draft vessels.

  The first inhabitants of the island New Guinea were Papuan, Melanesian, and Negrito tribes, who altogether spoke more than 700 distinct languages. The eastern half of New Guinea was first explored by Spanish and Portuguese explorers in the 16th century. In 1828, the Dutch formally took possession of the western half of the island (now the province of West Papua [Irian Jaya], Indonesia). In 1885, Germany formally annexed the northern coast and Britain took similar action in the south. In 1906, Britain transferred its rights to British New Guinea to a newly independent Australia, and the name of the territory was changed to the Territory of Papua. Australian troops invaded German New Guinea (called Kaiser-Wilhelmsland) in World War I and gained control of the territory under a League of Nations mandate. New Guinea and some of Papua were invaded by Japanese forces in 1942. After being liberated by the Australians in 1945, it became a United Nations trusteeship, administered by Australia. The territories were combined and called the Territory of Papua and New Guinea (PNG).

  Australia granted limited home rule in 1951. Autonomy in internal affairs came nine years later, and in Sept. 1975, Papua New Guinea achieved complete independence from Britain.

Islamic History and Muslims

  Islam in Papua New Guinea is a minority religion; the US department of state estimates that there are about 2000 Muslims in the country.
The people of what is today Papua New Guinea and West Papua traded with China and the Malay empire, the latter of which was Muslim, beginning in the 16th century. In 1988, Muslims in Papua New Guinea set up the first Islamic center, with the help of a Malaysia-based Islamic organization and the Saudi Ministry of Islamic affairs. In 1996, three more Islamic centers were established, with the help of the Muslim World League. There are now seven Islamic centers in the nation. The first mosque was built in Port Moresby, with a capacity to hold up to 1,500 worshipers.
  Muslims growing rapidly. New missionary movements are beginning to proliferate, most significantly Islam, the probable reason for the harsh reactions. There are pockets of Muslims around Port Moresby, in Baimuru, Daru, Marchall Lagoon, the Musa Valley and in the islands of New Britain and New Ireland. It is in the highlands that Islam has seen the most growth.

The First Purpose-Built Mosque in Papua New Guinea. Based in Hohola, Port Moresby.

The only Islamic organisation in the country founded in April 1981, that won its recognition from the government in November 1982.

The first person to embrace Islam on the soil of Papua New Guinea was Brother Sadiiq Sandbach, then a Scottish national - now a Papua New Guinean, who entered the fold of Islam in October 1982.

The first Papua New Guinean to embrace Islam was Alexander (Bilal) Dawia who declared Shahadah on the 18th of February 1986. The number of people entering Islam since then is growing steadily and the organization now have four branches operating in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea.

  Islamic Centers and Organizations

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The Islamic Society of Papua New Guinea Inc.

The Islamic Society of Papua New Guinea Inc.
P.O.Box 5107, Boroko, NCD,
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea , PAPUA NEW GUINEA


Br. Mikail Abdul Aziz
Imaam of ISPNG Mosque

Br. Mohamed Fazul Jiffry
President of ISPNG

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Islam in Papua New Guinea (  , June, 2008).
Info please (  , June, 2008).
Islam Finder (  , June, 2008).
Anonymous, Documents from Representatives of Islamic Organizations in Papua New Guinea, June 2008.