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Islam:
Muslim Population, Worldwide

(Updated January 2014)


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Muslims number 1.6 billion people worldwide, representing 23% of global population. The overwhelming majority (87-90%) of Muslims are Sunnis; about 10-13% are Shia Muslims.

Muslims are concentrated in the Asia-Pacific region, where six-in-ten (62%) of all Muslims reside. Many Muslims also live in the Middle East and North Africa (20%) and sub-Saharan Africa (16%). The remainder of the world’s Muslim population is in Europe (3%), North America (<1%), Latin America (<1%) and the Caribbean (<1%).

Region
Muslim Population*
Muslims, as % of Region*
Asia-Pacific
985,530,000
24%
Middle East-North Africa
317,070,000
93%
Sub-Saharan Africa
248,110,000
30%
Europe
43,490,000
6%
Americas
4,320,000
<1%
World Total
1,598,52,000
23%

Top Ten Countries with Largest Muslim Population

Country
Muslim Population^
Muslims, as % of Total^
Indonesia
209,120,000
87%
India
176,190,000
14%
Pakistan
167,410,000
96%
Bangladesh
133,540,000
90%
Nigeria
77,300,000
49%
Egypt
76,990,000
95%
Iran
73,570,000
99.5%
Turkey
71,330,000
98%
Algeria
34,730,000
98%
Morocco
31,940,000
99.9%

Sources: Pew Forum
* Current as of December 2012
^ Current as of December 2010

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