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Muslims are the fastest-growing religious group in the world.

The expert sees a 'clear difference' between anti-Islam baiting and justified criticism of Islam.But while Islam is currently the world’s second-largest religion (after Christianity), it is the fastest-growing major religion.Indeed, if current demographic trends continue, the number of Muslims is expected to exceed the number of Christians by the end of this century. Our demographic projections estimate that Muslims will make up 2.1% of the U. population by the year 2050, surpassing people who identify as Jewish on the basis of religion as the second-largest faith group in the country (not including people who say they have no religion).Although many countries in the Middle East-North Africa region, where the religion originated in the seventh century, are heavily Muslim, the region is home to only about 20% of the world’s Muslims. A recent Pew Research Center report estimated that the Muslim share of immigrants granted permanent residency status (green cards) increased from about 5% in 1992 to roughly 10% in 2012, representing about 100,000 immigrants in that year.A majority of the Muslims globally (62%) live in the Asia-Pacific region, including large populations in Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iran and Turkey. A 2011 survey of Muslim Americans, which was conducted in English as well as Arabic, Farsi and Urdu, estimated that there were 1.8 million Muslim adults (and 2.75 million Muslims of all ages) in the country. There are two major factors behind the rapid projected growth of Islam, and both involve simple demographics.

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