The religious profile of the world is rapidly changing, driven primarily by differences in fertility rates and the size of youth populations among the world’s major religions, as well as by people switching faiths.
Over the next four decades, Christians will remain the largest religious group, but Islam will grow faster than any other major religion. These are among the global religious trends highlighted in new demographic projections by the Pew Research Center.
Nearly two-thirds were women, more than 70 per cent were white and the average age at conversion was 27.
The survey of converts revealed nearly two thirds were women, more than 70 per cent were white and the average age at conversion was just 27.
Between 20, the world’s total population is expected to rise to 9.3 billion, a 35% increase.
Over that same period, Muslims – a comparatively youthful population with high fertility rates – are projected to increase by 73%.
The history of the Muslim world spans about 1400 years and includes a variety of socio-political developments, as well as advances in the arts, science, philosophy, and technology, particularly during the Islamic Golden Age.
All Muslims look for guidance to the Quran and believe in the prophetic mission of Muhammad, but disagreements on other matters have led to appearance of different religious schools and branches within Islam.