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    Muslim world

    Post  rose on Mon Aug 02, 2010 8:06 pm

    Muslim world
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    The term Muslim world (or Islamic world) has several meanings. In a cultural sense, it refers to the worldwide community of Muslims, adherents of Islam. This community numbers about 1.57 billion people, roughly one-fifth of the world population. This community is spread across many different nations and ethnic groups connected by religion and a shared sense of humanity. In a historical or geopolitical sense, the term usually refers collectively to Muslim majority countries or countries in which Islam dominates politically.

    The worldwide Muslim community is also known collectively as the ummah (Arabic: الأمة, al-'ummah). Islam emphasizes unity and defense of fellow Muslims, although many divisions of Islam (see Sunni-Shia relations, for example) exist. In the past both Pan-Islamism and nationalist currents have influenced the status of the Muslim world.

    Current reports from various sources have estimated that 1.2 to 1.57 billion Muslims populate the world, or about 25% of an estimated 2010 world population of 6.8 billion[1] with 80% in Asia (20% in the Middle East ) and 20% of Muslims living in North Africa.[2][3][4][5] Muslims in non-Asian countries account for a minority of total Muslim populations and they are mostly of Asian origin; from South Asia, Central Asia and Middle-east. Also more than half of the Muslim population of the world including those from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia and some from Central Asia(Afghanistan) are Hindu converts. Almost all of them were converted by heavy preaching and service; and not by force. For example the kings of Bangladesh and Indonesia were largely Hindus who started practicing syncretic mix of Islam and Hinduism. Interestingly studies, research and development of Indo-Islamic nature have been very limited compared to the vast population of the Muslims of Indo-Islamic background.

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