Very few Muslims actually live in the Middle East

Like seriously there are more Muslims in Ethiopia than Syria or Saudi Arabia. And there are more Muslims in Russia (a state we barely think of as having a Muslims population) than Palestine, Jordan, Bahrain, the UAE, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait and Israel combined.

The world’s four largest Muslim nations are in South and South East Asia, not the Middle East. And in fact, even taking North Africa as part of the Middle East (a questionable assumption) then it’s still only home to a fifth of the world’s Muslims.

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Updated to give a clearer illustration of my point (18/06/2014)

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2 thoughts on “Very few Muslims actually live in the Middle East

  1. 1. Presumably this is by absolute numbers, not proportion of the population?
    2. Wikipedia’s definition of the Middle East includes Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Yemen (and the others) – which increases the numbers substantially. Rough eyeballing suggests that about a quarter of the world’s Muslim population lives in that area.

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