Adherents of Islam constitute the world's second largest religious group. According to a study in 2015, Islam has 1.8 billion adherents, making up over 24.1% of the world population.[1] Most Muslims are either of two denominations: Sunni (80-90%, roughly 1.5 billion people)[2] or Shia (10–20%, roughly 170-340 million people).[3] Islam is the dominant religion in the Middle East, North Africa, the Sahel,[4][5][6][7] Central Asia, Indonesia and some other parts of Asia.[8] About 13% of Muslims live in Indonesia,[9] the largest Muslim-majority country, 31% in South Asia,[10][11] the largest population of Muslims in the world,[12] 23% in the Middle East-North Africa (MENA),[13] and 15% in Sub-Saharan Africa.[14] Sizable Muslim communities are also found in Horn of Africa, Swahili coast, Europe, China, Russia, Mainland Southeast Asia, Philippines, Caucasus and the Americas. Western Europe host large Muslim immigrant communities where Islam is the second largest religion after Christianity, where it represents 6% of the total population or 24 million people.[15] Converts and immigrant communities are found in almost every part of the world.

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DenominationsEdit

Historically, Islam was divided into four major religious denominations well known as Sunni, Khawarij, Shī‘ah and Saheeh Muslim. In the modern era, Sunnis constitute more than 70% of the overall Muslim population while the Shi'as are slightly more than 20%.[16]

Today, many of the Shia sects are extinct. The major surviving Imamah-Muslim Sects are Usulism (with nearly more than 10%), Nizari Ismailism (with nearly more than 1%) and Alevism (with slightly more than 0.5%[17] but less than 1%[18]). The other existing groups include Zaydi Shi'a of Yemen whose population is nearly more than 0.5% of the world's Muslim population, Musta’li Ismaili (with nearly 0.1%[19] whose Taiyabi adherents reside in Sindh and Gujarat in South Asia. There are also significant diaspora populations in Europe, North America, the Far East and East Africa[20]), and Ibadis from the Kharijites whose population has diminished to a level below 0.15%. On the other hand, new Muslim sects like the Nation of Islam, Ahmadi Muslims[21] (with nearly around 1%[22]), non-denominational Muslims, Quranist Muslims and Wahhabis (with nearly around 1-2%[23] of the world's total Muslim population) were later independently developed.

According to the Pew Research Center in 2010, there were 50 Muslim-majority countries.[24][25] Around 62% of the world's Muslims live in the Asia-Pacific region (from Turkey to Indonesia), with over 1 billion adherents.[26] The largest Muslim population in a country is in Indonesia, a nation home to 12.7% of the world's Muslims, followed by Pakistan (11.0%), and India (10.9%).[4][27] About 20% of Muslims live in Arab countries.[28] In the Middle East, the non-Arab countries of Turkey, Pakistan and Iran are the largest Muslim-majority countries; in Africa, Egypt and Nigeria have the most populous Muslim communities.[4][27] The study found more Muslims in the United Kingdom than in Lebanon and more in China than in Syria.[4]

CountriesEdit

 
World Muslim population by percentage (Pew Research Center, 2014).

Most of the percentages of Muslim populations of each country, if not stated otherwise, were taken from the study by the Pew Research Center report of The Future of the Global Muslim Population, as of 27 January 2011.[4][29] Other studies show variance with Pew figures. The percentage of Muslims in Egypt is given as 93.7%. However, the figure for Christians in Egypt is usually estimated at 12-15%, but in truth nobody knows since there has been no religious census. Likewise the percentage of Christians in Jordan is usually estimated to be 6-7%.

TableEdit

Country/Region Muslims Muslim percentage (%) of total population Percentage (%) of World Muslim population
  Afghanistan 29,047,100 99.8 1.8
  Albania 1,879,172 58.8[30] 0.1
  Algeria 40,400,000 98.2[4]–99[31] 2.7
  American Samoa < 1,000 < 0.1 < 0.1
  Andorra < 1,000 < 0.1 < 0.1
  Angola 90,000 1.0 < 0.1
  Anguilla < 1,000 0.3 < 0.1
  Antigua and Barbuda < 1,000 0.6 < 0.1
  Argentina 784,000 2.5 < 0.1
  Armenia < 1,000 < 0.1 < 0.1
  Aruba < 1,000 0.4 < 0.1
  Australia 476,291[32] 2.2[32] < 0.1
  Austria 573,876[33] 6.8[33] < 0.1
  Azerbaijan 9,872,765 96.9 0.5
  Bahamas < 1,000 0.1 < 0.1
  Bahrain 866,888[34] 70.2[34] < 0.1
  Bangladesh 145,607,000 86.3[35] 9.2
  Barbados 2,000 0.9 < 0.1
  Belarus 19,000 0.2 < 0.1
  Belgium 658,463 5.9[36] < 0.1
  Belize < 1,000 0.1 < 0.1
  Benin 2,710,000 24.5 0.1
  Bermuda < 1,000 0.8 < 0.1
  Bhutan ≤ 2,000[37] 0.2[37] < 0.1
  Bolivia 2,000 < 0.1 < 0.1
  Bosnia-Herzegovina 1,790,454 50.7[38] 0.1
  Botswana 8,000 0.4 < 0.1
  Brazil 204,000 0.1 < 0.1
  British Virgin Islands < 1,000 1.2 < 0.1
  Brunei 295,000 67[39] < 0.1
  Bulgaria 577,000[40] 7.8% < 0.1
  Burkina Faso 11,270,000 60.5[41] 0.6
  Burma (Myanmar) 2,237,495 2.3[42] 0.1
  Burundi 250,000 2.2 < 0.1
  Cambodia 255,000 1.6 < 0.1
  Cameroon 4,940,000 20.9[43] 0.2
  Canada 1,053,945[44] 1.9[45]-3.2[44] 0.1
  Cape Verde 10,000 2[31] < 0.1
  Cayman Islands < 1,000 0.2 < 0.1
  Central African Republic 403,000 15[46][47] < 0.1
  Chad 7,827,653 58[31] 0.4
  Chile 2,894[48] 0.03 (over 15+ pop.)[48] < 0.1
  China 22,000,000[49]-50,000,000[50] 1.8 1.4
  Cocos (Keeling) Islands < 1,000[51] 80[51] < 0.1
  Colombia 40,000 to 80,000[52] 0.2 < 0.1
  Comoros 785,000 98.3 < 0.1
  Congo 3,648,267 5[31] 0.1
  Cook Islands < 1,000 < 0.1 < 0.1
  Costa Rica < 1,000 < 0.1 < 0.1
  Croatia 60,000 1.4[36] < 0.1
  Cuba 10,000 0.1 < 0.1
  Cyprus 273,000 22.7 < 0.1
  Czech Republic 10,500 < 0.1 < 0.1
  Denmark 230,000 4.1[36] < 0.1
  Djibouti 853,000 97.0 0.1
  Dominica < 1,000 0.2 < 0.1
  Dominican Republic 2,000 < 0.1 < 0.1
  Ecuador 145 < 0.1 < 0.1
  Egypt 73,800,000 90[53] 4.9
  El Salvador 2,000 <0.1 <0.1
  Equatorial Guinea 28,000 4.1 < 0.1
  Eritrea 1,909,000 36.6[54]-48[55]/50 0.1
  Estonia 1,508 <0.1 < 0.1
  Ethiopia 25,037,646[56] 34 1.8
  Faroe Islands < 1,000 < 0.1 < 0.1
  Falkland Islands < 1,000 < 0.1 < 0.1
  Federated States of Micronesia < 1,000 < 0.1 < 0.1
  Fiji 54,000 6.3 <0.1
  Finland 42,000 0.8 <0.1
  France 5,020,000 7.5[36] 0.3
  French Guiana 2,000 0.9 <0.1
  French Polynesia < 1,000 < 0.1 <0.1
  Gabon 145,000 9.7 <0.1
  Gambia 1,669,000 95.3 0.1
  Georgia 442,000 10.5 <0.1
  Germany 1,600,000[57]-4,700,000[58] 2.0[57] - 5.7[58] 0.2
  Ghana 4,914,000 18[31] 0.2
  Gibraltar 1,000 4.0 <0.1
  Greece 610,000 5.3[36] <0.1
  Greenland < 1,000 <0.1 <0.1
  Grenada < 1,000 0.3 <0.1
  Guadeloupe 2,000 0.4 <0.1
  Guam < 1,000 <0.1 <0.1
  Guatemala 1,000 <0.1 <0.1
  Guinea 8,693,000 84.2 0.5
  Guinea Bissau 705,000 50[59] <0.1
  Guyana 55,000 7.2 <0.1
  Haiti 2,000 <0.1 <0.1
  Honduras 11,000 0.1 <0.1
  Hong Kong 220,000[60] 3.1 <0.1
  Hungary 5,579[61] 0.3 <0.1
  Iceland 770[62] 0.2[62] <0.1
  India 183,000,000 14.2[63] 9.6
  Indonesia 204,847,000 87.2[64] 12.7
  Iran 74,819,000 99.7 4.6
  Iraq 31,108,000 99 1.9
  Ireland 70,158 1.3[65] <0.1
  Isle of Man < 1,000 0.2 <0.1
  Israel 1,287,000 17.7 0.1
  Italy 2,220,000 3.7[36] 0.1
  Ivory Coast 7,960,000 40[66][67][68] 0.5
  Jamaica 1,000 <0.1 <0.1
  Japan 185,000 0.1 <0.1
  Jordan 6,397,000 93.8 0.4
  Kazakhstan 8,887,000 70.2 (official census)[69] 0.5
  Kenya 2,868,000 10[70] 0.2
  Kiribati < 1,000 <0.1 <0.1
  Kosovo 1,584,000[71] 95.6 0.1
  Kuwait 2,636,000 74.1[72] 0.2
  Kyrgyzstan 4,927,000 88.8 0.3
  Laos 1,000 <0.1 <0.1
  Latvia 2,000 0.1 <0.1
  Lebanon 2,542,000 59.7 0.2
  Lesotho 1,000 <0.1 <0.1
  Liberia 523,000 12.8 <0.1
  Libya 6,325,000 96.6 0.4
  Liechtenstein 2,000 4.8 <0.1
  Lithuania 3,000 0.1 <0.1
  Luxembourg 11,000 2.3 <0.1
  Macau < 1,000 <0.1 <0.1
  Macedonia 500,000 33.3[73] <0.1
  Madagascar 220,000 7[74] <0.1
  Malawi 2,011,000 12.8 0.1
  Malaysia 17,139,000 61.4 1.1
  Maldives 309,000 100 <0.1
  Mali 15,667,704 95[31] 0.8
  Malta 1,000 0.2 <0.1
  Marshall Islands < 1,000 < 0.1 < 0.1
  Martinique < 1,000 0.2 < 0.1
  Mauritania 4,171,633 100[75] 0.2
  Mauritius 230,118 17.3[76] < 0.1
  Mayotte 197,000 98.8 < 0.1
  Mexico 3,700[77] - 111,000[4] 0.1 < 0.1
  Moldova 15,000 0.4 < 0.1
  Monaco < 1,000 0.5 < 0.1
  Mongolia 200,000 6 < 0.1
  Montenegro 118,477[78] 19.11%[78] < 0.1
  Montserrat < 1,000 0.1 < 0.1
  Morocco 32,381,000 99[79] 2.0
  Mozambique 5,340,000 22.8 0.3
  Namibia 9,000 0.4 < 0.1
  Nauru < 1,000 < 0.1 < 0.1
  Nepal 1,253,000 4.2 0.1
  Netherlands 825,000/1,000,000 5[80] - 6[36] 0.1
  Netherlands Antilles < 1,000 0.2 < 0.1
  New Caledonia 7,000 2.8 < 0.1
  New Zealand 41,000 0.9 < 0.1
  Nicaragua 1,000 <0.1 < 0.1
  Niger 19,502,214 98.3[81] 1.0
  Nigeria 93,839,000 41[82]-50[83] 4.7
  Niue < 1,000 < 0.1 < 0.1
  North Korea 3,000 0.1 < 0.1
  Northern Mariana Islands < 1,000 0.7 < 0.1
  Norway 163,180[84] 3.0 < 0.1
  Oman 2,427,000 85.9%[85] 0.2
  Pakistan 178,000,000 96.4 11.0
  Palau < 1,000 < 0.1 < 0.1
  Palestinian Territories 4,298,000 97.5 0.3
  Panama 25,000 0.7 < 0.1
  Papua New Guinea 2,000 < 0.1 < 0.1
  Paraguay 1,000 < 0.1 < 0.1
  Peru < 1,000 < 0.1 < 0.1
  Philippines 5,896,000[86][87] 4.6[86] 0.7
  Poland 20,000 0.1 < 0.1
  Portugal 65,000 0.6 < 0.1
  Puerto Rico 1,000 < 0.1 < 0.1
  Qatar 1,168,000 77.5 0.1
  Republic of Congo 77,736 1.6 < 0.1
  Reunion 35,000 4.2 < 0.1
  Romania 73,000 0.3 < 0.1
  Russia 9,400,000[88] - 20,000,000[89] 6.5[88] - 15[90] 1.0
  Rwanda 589,429 4.8[91] < 0.1
  St. Helena < 1,000 < 0.1 < 0.1
  St. Kitts and Nevis < 1,000 0.3 < 0.1
  St. Lucia < 1,000 0.1 < 0.1
  St. Pierre and Miquelon < 1,000 0.2 < 0.1
  St. Vincent and the Grenadines 2,000 1.7 < 0.1
  Samoa < 1,000 < 0.1 < 0.1
  San Marino < 1,000 < 0.1 < 0.1
  São Tomé and Príncipe < 1,000 < 0.1 < 0.1
  Saudi Arabia 25,493,000 97.1 1.6
  Senegal 14,584,931 95.9 0.8
  Serbia 227,000 2.8 < 0.1
  Seychelles < 1,000 1.1 < 0.1
  Sierra Leone 4,171,000 71.5 0.3
  Singapore 721,000 14.7[92] < 0.1
  Slovakia 10,866 0.2[36] < 0.1
  Slovenia 73,568 3.6[36] < 0.1
  Solomon Islands < 1,000 < 0.1 < 0.1
  Somalia 9,231,000 98.9[93][94][95][96] 0.6
  South Africa 654,064[97] 1.5 < 0.1
  South Korea 35,000 0.1 < 0.1
  South Sudan 610,000 6.2% <0.1
  Spain 1,887,906 4.1[98] 0.1
  Sri Lanka 1,967,227[99] 9.71[99] 0.1
  Sudan 39,027,950 97.0[100] 1.9
  Suriname 84,000 19.6[101] < 0.1
  Swaziland 129,230 10[102] < 0.1
  Sweden 450,000-500,000[103] 5[103] < 0.1
  Switzerland 400,000[104] 5[104] < 0.1
  Syria 17,376,000 82.9%[105] 1.0
  Taiwan 60,000[106] 0.3[107] < 0.1
  Tajikistan 6,506,000 96.7%[108][109] 0.4
  Tanzania 19,426,814 35[110] 0.8
  Thailand 3,952,000 5.8 0.2
  Timor-Leste 1,000 0.1 < 0.1
  Togo 827,000 20[111] 0.1
  Tokelau < 1,000 < 0.1 < 0.1
  Tonga < 1,000 < 0.1 < 0.1
  Trinidad and Tobago 78,000 5.8 < 0.1
  Tunisia 11,190,000 99.8 0.6
  Turkey 74,660,000 98.6 4.6
  Turkmenistan 4,830,000 93.3 0.3
  Turks and Caicos Islands < 1,000 < 0.1 < 0.1
  Tuvalu < 1,000 0.1 < 0.1
  Uganda 5,030,000 12.0 0.3
  Ukraine 393,000[112] 0.8 < 0.1
  United Arab Emirates 3,262,000 67%[113] 0.2
  United Kingdom 3,106,368 4.8[36] 0.2
  United States 2,595,000 0.8 0.2
  U.S. Virgin Islands < 1,000 0.1 < 0.1
  Uruguay < 1,000 < 0.1 < 0.1
  Uzbekistan 26,833,000 96.5 1.7
  Vanuatu < 1,000 < 0.1 < 0.1
  Vatican City 0 0 0
  Venezuela 95,000 0.3 < 0.1
  Vietnam 71,200[114] 0.2 < 0.1
  Wallis and Futuna < 1,000 < 0.1 < 0.1
  Western Sahara 528,000 99.6 < 0.1
  Yemen 24,023,000 99.0 1.5
  Zambia 140,000 1[31] < 0.1
  Zimbabwe 488,656 3[31] < 0.1
Central Asia 54,000,000[115] 80.0 3.0
South Asia 507,284,000[116] 31.4[117][118] 30.6[119][120]
Southeast-East Asia 257,000,000[121][122] 12.0 15.0
Middle East-North Africa (MENA) 315,322,000[123] 91.2 22.9
Sub-Saharan Africa 242,544,000 29.6 15.0
Europe 44,138,000 6.0 2.7
Americas 5,256,000 0.6 0.3
World Total 1,703,146,000[124] 23.4 100.0

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