A newly released demographic study estimates the global Muslim population at 1.57 billion, accounting for nearly 23 percent of the current total world population of 6.6 billion.
India has the third largest number of Muslims (161 Million) after Indonesia (203 Million) and Pakistan (174 Million), says the study conducted by based Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. Washington
While pew claims a more definitive estimate of 1.57 billion Muslims, previously published estimates have ranged widely, from 1 billion to 1.8 billion. Pew says its estimate is based on “the best available data for 232 countries and territories”
The findings will form the basis for another Pew study to be released next year that proposes to estimate growth rates among Muslim populations worldwide and project Muslim populations into the future.