Mapping The Global Muslim Population Essay

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Mapping the Global Muslim Population is a report by the PEW Forum, documenting the global distribution of Muslims. The report is divided into sections on the regional distribution of Muslims, the percentage of Muslims living in Muslim-majority and Muslim-minority countries, Shia and Sunni distributions, and explanations of how the data was gathered. This essay discusses the major conclusions reached by the report, the regions into which it has divided the world, the impact Iran, Azerbaijan, and Turkey have on the population of Muslims in the Asia-Pacific region, the validity of the data sources used by the PEW Forum and the impact of the current refugee crisis on the global distribution of Muslims. Simply reading the data does not suffice to gain an understanding of the demographics of the Muslim world. One must pay attention to the details in order to interpret the data correctly. Misinterpreted data can have serious consequences when applied to government policies.
The first major conclusion the PEW Forum Report reaches is the predominance of the Asia-Pacific region. Over six out of ten Muslims live in Asia and six out of ten of the countries with the largest Muslim populations are in the Asia-Pacific region.1 The second major subject the report discusses is the distribution of Muslims in countries where they are a majority and countries in which they are a minority. One out of five Muslims lives in a country where Islam is a minority religion.2 Some of these countries,…

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