List of Muslim majority countries with sect/state/government

List of Muslim majority countries

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Muslim population by country.

This is a list of countries in which Islam is the majority religion of the people. In a geopolitical sense these countries are often considered to form the Muslim world. The list only contains countries where at least 50% of the population is Muslim. The table is presorted by the largest population by country. It can be sorted on other criteria by clicking the tab of the appropriate column at the top of the table. The percentage shows the proportional amount of Muslims out of the total population of each country. In total, there are currently 48 Muslim majority countries.

The Muslim % column is the percentage of Muslims of a country out of the total population. The higher the percentage is of a country, then the higher the Muslim majority. Saudi Arabia has the highest Muslim percentage of the country at 100%, note that this figure only applies to citizens, and the country’s 8 million foreign workers are excluded from this count; there are no official statistics available.

The column Main sect shows whether the predominant denomination of Muslims is Sunni, Shi’a, or other sects. Religion and state is the role of religion in politics based on the constitutions: Islamic state indicates use of Sharia law or the Quran as a form of legislation (e.g., Saudi Arabia); state religion indicates that Islam as the official religion of a country, where Sharia courts may be used (e.g., Malaysia); secular indicates that government institutions are formally separated from religion (e.g., Turkey); and none indicates that the state has neither adopted a state religion, declared an Islamic state, nor declared a secular state (e.g., Indonesia).

The column type of government is the set of political institution by which a government of a state is organized in order to exert its powers over a community.[1] The Muslim countries are mainly monarchies and presidential republics. The military power or strength of the countries is shown by the numbers of active troops, the powerful of these include Iran, Pakistan and Turkey. The GDP (PPP) per capita is the data for the economy of the Muslim countries. The data can be used to compare rich or poor countries or to compare the economies. The GDP per capita (PPP) have been obtained from the IMF’s World Economic Outlook Database for 2007. All information and data are estimates.[2]

Rank↓ Country↓ Population↓ Muslim %↓ Main sect↓ Religion and (state= sharia)↓ Type of government↓ Military power (active troops)↓ GDP (PPP) per capita (US$)↓
    123 123       123 123
1  Indonesia 228,582,000 86.1%[3] Sunni None Presidential republic 316,000[4] 3,725
2  Pakistan 172,800,000[5] 97%[6] Sunni/Shi’a Islamic state[7] Parliamentary democracy 528,000[8] 2,592
3  Bangladesh 162,221,000[9] 89%[10] Sunni Secular [11] Parliamentary democracy 120,000[12] 1,378
4  Nigeria 154,279,000[13] 50%[14] Sunni None Presidential Federal Republic 78,500[15] 2,035
5  Egypt 77,100,000[16] 90%[17] Sunni State religion[18] Semi-presidential republic 450,000[19] 5,491
6  Turkey 71,517,100[20] 99.8%[21] Sunni Secular[22] Parliamentary democracy 514,850[23] 12,888
7  Iran 70,495,782[24] 98%[25] Shi’a Islamic state[26] Presidential republic and Theocracy 545,000[27] 10,624
8  Sudan 39,379,358 70%[28] Sunni None Authoritarian republic 104,500[29] 2,172
9  Algeria 33,769,669[30] 99%[31] Sunni State religion[32] Presidential republic 127,500[33] 6,538
10  Afghanistan 32,738,376[34] 99%[35] Sunni Islamic state[36] Presidential republic 70,000[37] 724
11  Morocco 33,723,418 99%[38] Sunni State religion[39] Constitutional monarchy 196,300[40] 4,076
12  Iraq 31,234,000[41] 97%[42] Shi’a/Sunni State religion Parliamentary democracy 254,418[43] 3,600
13  Malaysia 27,730,000[44] 60.4%[45] Sunni State religion[46] Parliamentary democracy and EM 110,000[47] 13,315
14  Saudi Arabia 27,601,038[48] 100%[6][49] Sunni Wahhabi Islamic state[50] Absolute monarchy 199,500[51] 23,243
15  Uzbekistan 27,372,000 88%[52] Sunni Secular Presidential republic 53,000[53] 2,344
16  Yemen 23,013,376 99%[54] Sunni/Shi’a Islamic state[55] Presidential republic 65,000[56] 2,335
17  Syria 19,405,000 90%[57] Sunni None[58] Authoritarian republic 296,000[59] 4,448
18  Kazakhstan 15,217,711[60] 57%[61] Sunni Secular[62] Presidential republic 65,800[63] 11,086
19  Niger 13,272,679 90%[64] Sunni Secular[65] Parliamentary democracy 5,300[66] 666
20  Burkina Faso 13,228,000 50%[67] Sunni Secular Semi-presidential republic 6,000[68] 1,253
21  Mali 11,995,402 90%[69] Sunni Secular Semi-presidential republic 7,350[70] 1,031
22  Senegal 11,658,000 94%[71] Sunni Secular Semi-presidential republic 9,400[72] 1,685
23  Tunisia 10,383,577 98%[73] Sunni State religion[74] Presidential republic 35,000[75] 7,473
24  Guinea 10,211,437 85%[76] Sunni Secular Military junta 9,700[77] 1,074
25  Somalia 9,558,666 99.9%[78] Sunni State religion Coalition government 10,000 600
26  Azerbaijan 8,676,000[79] 93.4%[80] Shi’a Secular[81] Presidential republic 95,000 7,656
27  Tajikistan 7,215,700 97%[82] Sunni Secular[83] Presidential republic 6,000[84] 1,841
28  Sierra Leone 6,294,774[85] 60%[86] Sunni None Presidential republic 13,000[87] 692
29  Libya 6,173,579[88] 97%[89] Sunni State religion[90] Jamahiriya Revolution 76,000[91] 12,277
30  Jordan 5,568,565 95%[92] Sunni state religion Constitutional monarchy 100,700[93] 4,886
31  United Arab Emirates 5,432,746[94] 76%[95] Sunni State religion[96] Federal constitutional monarchy 50,500[97] 37,293
32  Kyrgyzstan 5,356,869 75%[98] Sunni Secular[99] Semi-presidential republic 12,500[100] -
33  Turkmenistan 5,110,023 89%[101] Sunni Secular[102] Parliamentary republic 26,000[103] 5,154
34  Chad 5,041,690 54%[104] Sunni Secular Presidential republic 30,350[105] 1,675
35  Lebanon 4,196,453 60%[106] Shi’a/Sunni None Parliamentary democracy 72,100[107] 11,270
36  Kuwait 3,399,637[108] 85%[109] Sunni/Shi’a State religion [110] Constitutional monarchy 15,500[111] 39,305
37  Albania 3,170,048[112] 70%[113] Sunni None Parliamentary republic 9,500[114] 6,897[115]
38  Mauritania 3,124,000[116] 99.99%[117] Sunni Islamic state[118] Military junta 15,750[119] 2,008
39  Oman 2,577,000[120] 93%[121] Ibadi State religion[122] Absolute monarchy 41,700[123] 23,967
40  Kosovo[a] 2,100,000[124] 90%[125] Sunni Secular[126] Parliamentary republic - 1,800[127]
41  The Gambia 1,700,000 90%[128] Sunni Secular Presidential republic 800[129] 1,326
42  Bahrain 1,046,814 81%[130] Shi’a State religion[131] Constitutional monarchy 11,200[132] 32,604
43  Comoros 798,000 98%[133] Sunni State religion Federal republic - 1,125
44  Qatar 744,029[134] 77.5%[135] Sunni State religion[136] Absolute monarchy 12,400[137] 80,870
45  Djibouti 496,374 94%[138] Sunni Secular Semi-presidential republic 9,850[139] 2,271
46  Brunei 381,371[140] 67%[141] Sunni State religion Absolute monarchy 7,000[142] 51,005
47  Maldives 350,000[143] 100% [144] Sunni State religion[145] Presidential republic 1,000[146] 4,604

Footnotes

  • ^† The statistic of 100% only applies to citizens of Saudi Arabia, and does not include the total population. There is currently no data or information regarding the religious beliefs of the people, and all Saudi citizens are regarded as Wahhabi, however there are over 8 million foreign workers in the country (non-nationals). Other religious groups of foreigners are from other Muslim sects, Christians (including Eastern Orthodox, Protestants, and over one million Roman Catholics), Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, and others. Comprehensive statistics for the religious denominations of foreigners are not available.[147]
a.   ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Serbia and the self-proclaimed Republic of Kosovo. Kosovo declared independence on 17 February 2008, while Serbia claims it as part of its own sovereign territory. Kosovo is recognised by 69 of the 192 UN member states.

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Palestinians: Arabic-speaking people. Total Palestinian population is estimated at approximately 12 million, roughly less than half continuing to live within the boundaries of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. In this combined area, as of 2009, Arabs constitute 49% of all inhabitants.[14] The remainder, about 1.9 million live in neighboring Jordan,[16] one and a half million between Syria and Lebanon, a quarter million in Saudi Arabia, while Chile‘s half a million are the largest concentration outside the Arab world.

By religious affiliation, most Palestinians are Muslim, particularly of the Sunni branch of Islam

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