Muslim population growth to outpace non-Muslims: Study

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Pakistan may surpass Indonesia as the world's most populous Muslim nation while the Indian Muslims' number is estimated to cross 23.6 crore in 2030, as the community's population worldwide is expected to grow about twice the rate of non-Muslims in the next two decades, says a study.

In the next two decades, the Muslim population globally is expected to grow about twice the rate of the non-Muslims, the study, 'The Future of the Global Muslim Population', released yesterday said.

If current trends continue, Muslims will make up 26.4 per cent of the world's total projected population of 8.3 billion in 2030, up from 23.4 per cent of the estimated 2010 world population of 6.9 billion, said the report.

According to the report released by The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, India is projected to have a Muslim population of 23,6182,000 in 2030; which would be nearly 16 per cent of the then Indian population.

In 2010, India is estimated to have 177,286,000 Muslims, which is 14.6 per cent of the total Indian population.

With a projected population of 256,117,000 in 2030, Pakistan is expected to surpass Indonesia as the country with the single largest Muslim population.

In 2010, Pakistan has an estimated Muslim population of 178,097,000.

The report said, world's Muslim population is expected to increase by about 35 per cent in the next 20 years, rising from 1.6 billion in 2010 to 2.2 billion by 2030.

The average annual growth rate of Muslims in the next two decades has been projected to be 1.5 per cent, compared with 0.7 per cent for the non-Muslims.

While the global Muslim population is expected to grow at a faster rate than the non-Muslim population, the Muslim population nevertheless is expected to grow at a slower pace in the next two decades than it did in the previous two decades.

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