How many Muslims are there?
44 countries are over 50% Muslim1.
1.6 billion Muslims in 2010 (23.4% of the world): 2.2 billion by 2030 (26.4%)2.
6% of Europe was Muslim, in 2011. Will rise to 8% in 20302.
Population growth in the world is highest amongst the poor and the uneducated. Muslims have a disproportionate share of such people3, so their numbers are rising. Factors such as war and instability in the Middle East keep the reproduction rate higher.
The Muslim world is slowly aging. "In 1990 Islam's share of the world's youth was 20%; in 2010, 26%. In 2030 it will be 29% (of 15-29-year-olds)". But on average, Muslims are starting to age. "The media age in Muslim-majority countries was 19 in 1990. It is 24 now, and will be 30 by 2030. (For French, Germans and Japanese the figure is 40 or over.) This suggests Muslim numbers will ultimately stop climbing, but later than the rest of the population"2.
Abraham's Attempted Sacrifice of His Son Isaac: Genesis 22:1-18 and Qur'an 37:99-113 Islam and WomenThe Battle Between Monotheism and Homosexuality: 3. IslamAnimal Sacrifice and Blood Rituals in Traditional World Religions and Satanism: Islam is an example of a religion with detailed rituals involving animal sacrifice
Monotheism and Free Will: The Quran teaches strict determinism, with no free will to choose to believe and be saved unless God already ordained it, before time beganGod's Methods of Communication: Universal Truth Versus Hebrew and Arabic: 5. Islam: What Does the Qur'an Say?How to Pray in Islam, According to the Qur'an Why Do Women Have to Cover Their Hair in Judaism, Christianity and Islam?Islam and the West: Pluralism, Immigration and DangerIslamophobia: Anti-Muslim Racism Versus 'The Race Card'Islam versus Unbelievers: Convert, Subjugate or DieThe Qur'an is Incomplete and UntrustworthyThe Islamic Religion is Often Mixed With Cultural Practices
"Allah" is simply the Arabic word for 'God'
The Koran. Translation by N. J. Dawood. Penguin Classics edition published by Penguin Group Ltd, London, UK. First published 1956, quotes taken from 1999 edition.
When Islam and Democracy Meet (2004). Published by Palgrave Macmillan, New York, USA.
EUMC. Published by the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia, Vienna, Austria.
Muslims in the European Union: Discrimination and Islamophobia (2006).
Islam: A brief history (2003). Revised edition. First published in UK 2002 by Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd, London, UK.