Islam: The second largest
world religion...and growing.
- Islam is the second most popular religion in the world. There were about 1.6 billion Muslims in the world in 2010, according to Pew Research. Muslims constituted about 23% of all people on Earth. The religion is currently in a period of rapid
growth, and is expected to reach 2.8 billion by 2050, when it will probably approximately equal the number of Christians. 1
- Estimates of the number of Muslim adults in the U.S. have ranged from 1 to 7 million. The former estimate is based on polls and assume that almost all adults who identify as Muslims are willing to respond openly to public opinion pollsters. The latter estimate comes from Muslim groups in the U.S. who assume that immigrants to the U.S. from Muslim countries were all Muslims and have remained so to the present time. 2
A Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life report in 2015 concluded that the U.S. population of Muslim adults is 2.6 million -- 0.6% of the total population. This places Islam as the third most popular organized religion in the U.S. after Christianity (70.6%) and Judaism (0.9%). 3
4 Topics included in this section:
- Introduction to Islam
- 1994 to now: The rise in Islamophobia: hate speech & violence against Muslims
- The Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL, etc.) terrorist group
- Muslim leaders' statements condemning terrorism, from 9/11 to ISIS/Islamic State atrocities
- Information about Islam:
- Beliefs about Islam, as expressed by Muslims:
- Part 1: Gallup survey. "The Truth about Islam"
- Part 2: Personal stories of 40 women, 45 men, and "The Muslim Next Door"
- Introduction to Islam:
- Part 1: Its origin,
Muhammad, texts, beliefs, etc.
- Part 2: Its practices, schools, holy
- Comparing the beliefs of Islam and Christianity
- Comparing the growth rates of Islam and Christianity
- Muslim population and ethnicity:
- Muslim information sources
- Beliefs and Practices:
- Items related to religious tolerance:
- Religious topics:
- Essays donated by visitors to this web site:
- Jocelyn Sophia:
- Rabbi Allen S. Maller:
In addition to the above, we have short passages on:
The "Chat Now" button below links to the eDialogue.org Da'wah service.
"Da'wah"is an Arabic word that means an invitation -- in this case an invitation to consider Islam.
They offer a free chat service to non-Muslims who want to learn about Islam. They are active 24/7.
Their service is staffed with over 80 professional Duát and over 300 students and volunteers.
They provide one-on-one dialogue in ten languages.
If you engage in a chat with eDialogue.org, we would appreciate your comments on their service:
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
- Michael Lipka & Conrad HacketT, "Why Muslims are the world's fastest-growing religious group," Pew Research Center, 2015-APR-23, at: http://www.pewresearch.org/
- The estimate of 1.1 million Muslim in the U.S. was derived from the American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) of 2001. It was based on a
telephone survey. See: http://www.gc.cuny.edu/ The seven million
estimate was obtained from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) web site. It was based on the number of immigrants from Islamic countries. See: http://www.cair-net.org/
- "Christians Decline Sharply as Share of Population; Unaffiliated and Other Faiths Continue to Grow," Pew Research Center, 2015-MAY-12, at: http://www.pewforum.org/
- "Symbols of Islam -- Allah," Wikipedia, as on 2015-OCT-24, at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
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Last update: 2016-JAN-08
Author: B. A. Robinson