For Immediate Release
January 25, 2011
Washington, D.C. — In a 10 a.m. EST conference call for
journalists on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011,
the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life will discuss the
findings contained in its new report, The
Future of the Global Muslim Population. This comprehensive demographic study seeks to
provide up-to-date estimates of the number of Muslims around the world in 2010
and to project the growth of the Muslim population from 2010 to 2030. Where
possible, the report also illustrates trends by providing data from 1990 and
projections for each of the world’s 232 countries and territories included in
this report are based on four main factors: births (fertility rates), deaths (mortality
rates), migration (emigration and immigration) and the age structure of the
population (the number of people in various age groups). Related factors —
which are not direct inputs into the projections but which underlie vital assumptions
about the way Muslim fertility rates are changing and Muslim populations are shifting
— include education, economic well-being, contraception and family planning,
urbanization and religious switching (conversion).
The Future of the Global Muslim Population is part of the
Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures project, an effort funded by The Pew
Charitable Trusts and the John Templeton Foundation to analyze religious change
and its impact on societies around the world.
Luis Lugo, Director, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
Alan Cooperman, Associate Director for Research, Pew Forum on Religion &
Brian J. Grim, Senior
Researcher and Director of Cross-National Data, Pew Forum on Religion &
Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, 10 a.m. EST
Please send your full name, title, the name of your publication or organization,
where you are based and your contact information to Liga Plaveniece at email@example.com to reserve your place.
The online presentation
of The Future of the Global Muslim
Population, which includes an executive summary and interactive global map,
will be made available to the public at pewforum.org at 12:01 a.m. EST on Jan. 27.
The Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life
conducts surveys, demographic analyses and other social science research
on important aspects of religion and public life in the U.S. and around
the world. As part of the Washington-based Pew Research Center, a
nonpartisan, nonadvocacy organization, the Pew Forum does not take
positions on any of the issues it covers or on policy debates.