The term Muslim world (also known as the Ummah or Islamosphere) has several meanings. In a religious sense, it refers to those who adhere to the teachings of Islam, referred to as Muslims. In a cultural sense, it refers to Islamic civilization, inclusive of non-Muslims living in that civilization. In a modern geopolitical sense, the term usually refers collectively to Muslim-majority countries, states, districts, or towns.
Islam emphasizes unity and defense of fellow Muslims, although many schools and branches (see Shi'a–Sunni relations, for example) exist. In the past both Pan-Islamism and nationalist currents have influenced the status of the Muslim world.
As of 2009, over 1.6 billion or about 23% of the world population are Muslims. Of these, around 62% live in Asia-Pacific, 20% in the Middle East-North Africa, 15% in Sub-Saharan Africa, around 3% in Europe and 0.3% in the Americas.
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... In 2011, a pro-Israel advocacy group, British Muslims for Israel, was founded under the umbrella of the Institute for Middle Eastern Democracy ... at the University of Birmingham, explained in an interview with Israeli Channel 10 that Muslims in Israel are freer than they are under oppressive regimes in Arab countries ... According to Kasim Hafeez, a British-born Muslim of Pakistani origin, and self-proclaimed Muslim Zionist, it's "far from easy being a Zionist Muslim in England" ...
... The overwhelming majority of Muslims in the world, between 87%–90%, are Sunni ... Shias and other (Ibadiyyas-Ismailis) make up the rest, about 10%–13% of overall Muslim population ... The Kharijite Muslims, who are less known, have their own stronghold in the country of Oman holding about 75% of the population ...
... accustomed to references made about the Muslim world, for spiritual inspiration, literary metaphor, historical analogy ... differences), the three primary cultural spheres, each stemming from a world ethno-linguistic civilization, are Arab, Iranian, and Turkish ... only the former Ottoman Empire but also Muslim Central Asia, where Turkish or Mongol are spoken ...
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“The world stands out on either side
No wider than the heart is wide;
Above the world is stretched the sky,
No higher than the soul is high.”
—Edna St. Vincent Millay (18921950)
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