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World’s Muslim population more widespread than you might think

World’s Muslim population more widespread than you might think | Geography Education | Scoop.it
There are about 1.6 billion Muslims, or 23% of the world's population, making Islam the second-largest religion.
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Did you think that most of the world's Muslim population lived in the Middle East and North Africa?  If so you are not alone, but the Middle East and North Africa account for only 19.8% of the global Muslim population.  In fact there are more Muslims in India and Pakistan than the Middle East and North Africa.   


Tags: Islam, perspective, religion, culture, Middle East.

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Paige Therien's curator insight, May 4, 2014 1:29 PM

The Muslim world is very misunderstood, especially in the United States.  When someone hears "Muslim" they might immediately think of Arabs in the Middle East.  However, Muslims are spread throughout the world and Islam is practiced by many types of ethnic groups (not all Arabs are Muslim either!)

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 2014 9:09 PM

Islam is a huge widespread religion. There is no surprise that it could ever become so large. The majority of Islamic followers is in the Asia-Pacific part of the world where that is no shocker either.

Hector Alonzo's curator insight, December 15, 2014 1:57 PM

Before seeing the number of Muslims represented within the countries they are mainly in, I believed that the majority of the world's Muslim population was in the Middle East and Northern Africa. I never thought of it being such a spreadout Religion, but because the portion of the Muslim population that is usually discussed in the media is from the Middle East, it is not hard to see why many believe that is where they are from.

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