Islam set to become world's largest religion by 2075, study suggests

by Jared Lewis April 8, 2017, 1:35
Islam set to become world's largest religion by 2075, study suggests

The research found that births to Muslims made up an estimated 31 percent of all babies born around the world between 2010 and 2015 - exceeding the 24 percent of Muslims among people of all ages in 2015. The number of Muslims - which have the youngest population and highest fertility rate among the major world religions - is expected to increase by 70%.

Muslims the world's fastest-growing religious group and signs of this rapid growth already are visible.

In 2015, USA research centre said that not only Muslims have the highest growing population in the world and by year 2050 the population of Muslims will be nearly equal to the Christian population.

Conversely, people who do not identify with any religion are having fewer babies.

By 2075, this could result in the number of practising Muslims outweighing Christians for the first time, according to the research, which analysed global birth rates from 2010 to 2060.

Between 2010 and 2015, Muslims accounted for just under a third (31%) of all world births, while only making up a quarter (24%) of the population. The entire global population is expected to increase to 9.6 billion, a jump of 32 percent.

In a recent analysis early last month, the Washington-based research center also predicted that Islam would replace Christianity as the most popular religion in the world after the year 2050. It draws on more than 2,500 population registers from around the world, as well as the expertise of dozens of religious scholars. "Globally, about 5 million people are expected to become Christians in this five-year period, while 13 million are expected to leave Christianity, with most of these departures joining the ranks of the religiously unaffiliated".

Still, the baby boom among Muslims and Christians is projected to help both religions capture a larger share of the global population by 2060, even as all other religions - and the unaffiliated population - lose ground. Meanwhile, religious switching and lower fertility will drive down the shares of the global Christian population living in Europe and North America.

Between 2010 and 2015, an estimated 68 million babies were born to unaffiliated mothers, compared with 109 million to Hindu mothers. While Orthodox Jews are largely supportive of government support for Israel, a position traditionally opposed by many members of the Islamic community, Orthodox Jews and Muslims "share many interests" involving such concerns as dress codes and kosher-hallal food. Most adherents of folk religions, too, will remain in Asia and the Pacific (79% in 2060), although a growing share are expected to live sub-Saharan Africa (7% in 2015 vs. 16% in 2060).

The report cited high fertility rates and median age as reasons behind growing population.

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