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Nigeria, nine other countries have high muslim population, says report

Two thirds of the World muslim population live in Nigeria and nine other countries, a demographic study from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life  has revealed

The nine other countries are Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Egypt, Nigeria, Iran, Turkey, Algeria, Morocco,  finds that just 20 percent of the global Muslim population resides in the Middle East and North Africa. Sixty percent of Muslims live in Asia.

The Middle East-North Africa region, meanwhile, is home to the highest proportion of Muslim majority nations. “More than half of the 20 countries and territories in that region have populations that are approximately 95 percent Muslim or greater,” according to the new report.

Other findings of the study are:

—More than 300 million Muslims, or one-fifth of the world’s Muslim population, live in countries where Islam is not the majority religion. These minority Muslim populations are often quite large. India, for example, has the third-largest population of Muslims worldwide. China has more Muslims than Syria, while Russia is home to more Muslims than Jordan and Libya combined.

—Of the total Muslim population, 10-13 percent are Shia Muslims and 87-90 percent are Sunni Muslims. Most Shias (between 68 percent and 80 percent) live in just four countries: Iran, Pakistan, India and Iraq.