World's Muslim Population

Statistics About the Muslim Population of the World

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The estimates vary, but most agree that there are about 1.5 billion Muslims in the world; nearly one-fourth of the world’s population today. The Muslim population is a diverse community of believers spanning the globe. Over fifty countries have Muslim-majority populations, while other groups of believers are clustered in minority communities on nearly every continent.

Although Islam is often associated with the Arab world and the Middle East, fewer than 15% of Muslims are Arab.

By far, the largest populations of Muslims live in Southeast Asia (more than 60%), while the countries of the Middle East and North Africa make up only 20% of the total. One-fifth of the world's Muslims live as minorities in non-Muslim countries, with the largest of these populations in India, China, and Russia.

Countries With The Largest Muslim Populations (2009)

CountryNumber of Muslims
Indonesia203 million
Pakistan174 million
India161 million
Bangladesh145 million
Egypt79 million
Nigeria78 million
Iran74 million
Turkey74 million
Algeria34 million
Morocco32 million
Iraq30 million
Sudan30 million
Afghanistan28 million
Ethiopia28 million
Uzbekistan26 million
Saudi Arabia25 million
Yemen23 million
China22 million
Syria20 million
Russia16 million