The Future of the Global Muslim Population, a recent report by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life, finds that the world’s Muslim population is expected to increase by about 35% in the next 20 years, rising from 1.6 billion in 2010 to 2.2 billion by 2030.
Explore the report using the resources below.
Full Report Read through the preface, executive summary, report chapters and appendices.
Interactive Maps Select a country, a region or the world – as well as a point in time – and see the size of the Muslim population in that place and time.
Sortable Data Tables View and sort countries by the size of their Muslim population and by Muslim population growth.
Press Release Read the Jan. 27, 2011, press release.
2009 Report An October 2009 report, Mapping the Global Muslim Population, offers fully sourced 2009 estimates of the size and distribution of the worldwide Muslim population, including sectarian identity.
Audio and Video
Pew Forum Press Conference Call
Pew Forum experts discussed the findings from the report during a Jan. 27, 2011, conference call.
Listen to audio from the call.
Read the written transcript.
State Department Briefing (links takes you to State Dept. site)
Alan Cooperman, associate director for research at the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, gave a summary of the findings of the report at a Jan. 28, 2011, State Department briefing.
Watch the video of the event.
Read the event transcript.
Download the full report as a PDF (11 MB, 221 pages)
Download the preface and executive summary in Arabic (2.11MB, 18 pages)
Download the graphics and charts created for this report in a .zip file.
Muslim-population-graphics.zip (4.07 MB 118 graphics)
Selected Press Coverage
January 27, 2011 – The New York Times
January 27, 2011 – The Washington Post
Wash. Post: Global Muslim population will continue to grow in next 20 years
January 27, 2011 – The Economist
Economist: A waxing crescent: Islam is growing. But ageing and slowing. That will change the world
January 27, 2011 – Slate
January 27, 2011 – CNN
January 27, 2011 – Reuters
Reuters: Muslim birth rate falls, population to grow more slowly
January 27, 2011 – AOL News
AOL News: World Muslim population grows twice as fast as others
January 27, 2011 – Voice of America
VOA: Study: Muslims to make up fourth of world’s population by 2030
January 27, 2011 – Reuters Faith World
Reuters: Will Pew Muslim birth rate study finally silence the “Eurabia” claim?
January 28, 2011 – Los Angeles Times
LA Times: American Muslim population projected to double by 2030
January 28, 2011 – Religion News Service
January 28, 2011 – The Denver Post
January 31, 2011 – Business World
Business World: Nigerian Muslim population to hit 117 million in 2030- study
Videos (links are directly to media sources’ websites)
January 27, 2011 – CNN
January 27, 2011 – USA Today
“>CNN: Dean Obeidallah on CNN re: Muslim population growing
January 27, 2011 – Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune: U.S. Muslim population to double in next twenty years