Much of the rhetoric that surrounds the topic of Islam today has to do with population. Many Islamophobes claim the rising numbers of refugees and immigrants from the Middle-East will result in the “Islamization” of the West, and speak of a hidden conspiracy to supposedly destroy Christian values.
However, these discussions typically rely on projected or outdated data, and often people on both sides of the debate will have widely varying figures to base their arguments on.
As part of their annual ranking of the 500 most influential figures in the Muslim world, the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre publishes a thorough list of population statistics, highlighting the number of Muslims in every country around the world, as well as what percentage of the total population are Muslim.
Using these numbers, OnePath Network has highlighted some of the more interesting findings, which will allow discussions about Muslim populations around the world to happen on an even footing.
These numbers also disprove many of the stereotypes and false understandings that surround Islam and Muslims today.
For example, the perception that Islam is an Arab-centric faith hostile to other ethnicities is numerically false. The Indian sub-continent alone holds 3x as many Muslims (539 Million) as all the ‘Arab’ nations in the Middle-East combined (236 Million), and the country of Indonesia alone holds almost as many Muslims (230 Million) as the entire Middle-East.
Also, whilst Muslims are without a doubt a growing population in Western Europe, they are still statistically very small, only accounting for about 5% of the population despite the rising numbers of refugees and asylum seekers from the Middle-East who are in dire need of help.
In other western countries, like the United States, Canada, Australia, and Canada, where Islamophobia is rising dramatically, Muslims are even more statistically insignificant, accounting for between 1-3% of the population. The fears and propaganda generated in Western Europe are being transported to these countries with even smaller and more vulnerable populations, leading to the increasingly troubling violence and hate we see today.
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