Islam Today – Overview

Islam              Session two

Item #1 of Outline:  Islam Today – Overview

As this dissertation on Islam is presented, the reader will find it beneficial to have available maps of the world, the Middle East and Europe.  Also, a historical atlas would be valuable when the Islamic Empires are discussed.

There are approximately 1.6 billion Muslims in today’s world of approximately 7.1 billion people.  This is about 22.5 % of the world compared to approximately 2.1 billion Christians, or about 29.6%.  World-wide, Muslims control 49 countries!  In Africa, alone, there are 445,000,000 Muslims, or about 40 % of all Africans.  There are approximately 30 million Muslims in Europe (not counting European Russia, The Ukraine and Belarus) whose birth rate is three times that of Europe’s non-Muslims.

Twenty nations are home to 1.3 billion Muslims.  Thirteen of these nations dominate the Middle East and North Africa.

Indonesia has 209 million Muslims, the most of any country; followed by the Muslim countries of Pakistan and Bangladesh with 167 million and 133 million Muslims respectively.

India has 176 million Muslims, but they are only 14.4% of the population.

According to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, (Pew Forum is a Washington, D.C. “think tank.”), if current trends continue:

  • Muslims will make up 26.4 % of the world’s population in 2030,
  • Muslims In the USA will increase from 2,6000,000 in 2010 to 6,200,000 in 2030,
  • Muslims will make up 8% of Europe’s population in 2030.

What are the implications for the USA, Europe and all non-Muslim countries of the world of

this population data? What are we to make of the daily atrocities being committed in the name of Allah?  How are we to make sense of all this, especially in light of being told over and over again that, “Islam is the religion of peace.”

To develop an understanding of Islam and its 1.6 billion Muslims we must go back to the origins of Islam – back to  Arabia at the dawn of the seventh century.

The next segment will begin with item number two of the outline: Origins of Islam