Two new studies provide some worrying statistics on the spread of Islam around the world. One focuses on the global reach of Islam while the other highlights the situation in Britain. Both make it clear that the Muslim population continues to grow, whether by demographics or by conversion.

The first study looks at the global situation, and was released by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life. It not only examines the number of Muslims around the world as of 2010, but it also offers projections to the year 2030.

The general findings are this: In 2010 the world’s Muslim population was 1.6 billion. It is expected to increase by about 35% to 2.2 billion by 2030. It is forecast to grow at about twice the rate of the non-Muslim population over the next 20 years, with an average annual growth rate of 1.5% for Muslims, compared with 0.7% for non-Muslims.

Here are some details from the report: “If current trends continue, however, 79 countries will have a million or more Muslim inhabitants in 2030, up from 72 countries today. A majority of the world’s Muslims (about 60%) will continue to live in the Asia-Pacific region, while about 20% will live in the Middle East and North Africa, as is the case today. But Pakistan is expected to surpass Indonesia as the country with the single largest Muslim population.

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