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Majority Muslim Countries Quiz

Name the countries where more than 50% of the people are Islamic.
According to Pew Research Center, 2010
Last updated: August 28, 2018
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Country
99.9%
Morocco
99.8%
Afghanistan
99.8%
Tunisia
99.6%
Iran
99.2%
Mauritania
99.0%
Tajikistan
99.0%
Yemen
98.9%
Iraq
98.8%
Jordan
98.6%
Somalia
98.6%
Turkey
98.4%
Azerbaijan
98.4%
Maldives
98.3%
Comoros
98.3%
Niger
98.2%
Algeria
%
Country
97.4%
Sudan
97.1%
Saudi Arabia
97.0%
Djibouti
96.6%
Libya
96.5%
Uzbekistan
96.4%
Pakistan
95.9%
Senegal
95.3%
Gambia
94.7%
Egypt
93.3%
Turkmenistan
92.8%
Syria
92.4%
Mali
91.7%
Kosovo
90.4%
Bangladesh
88.8%
Kyrgyzstan
88.1%
Indonesia
%
Country
87.7%
Oman
86.4%
Kuwait
84.2%
Guinea
82.1%
Albania
81.2%
Bahrain
77.5%
Qatar
76.0%
United Arab Emirates
71.5%
Sierra Leone
61.4%
Malaysia
59.7%
Lebanon
58.9%
Burkina Faso
56.4%
Kazakhstan
55.7%
Chad
51.9%
Brunei
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level 32
Mar 20, 2013
Interesting quiz, but it has to be said that Islam in these countries isn't the same. I recently saw a documentary about Kyrgyzstan and their culture - the people didn't even mention the Islam at all, they have their own culture which is probably older, stronger and rooted deeper than any (historically) new religion.
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level 67
Mar 20, 2013
All of the former USSR stans are pretty secular in comparison to most Islamic countries
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level 15
Jan 1, 2017
Wordgirl I must say this the Christian faith is different to the Catholic faith America is what you say but Brazil, Ireland and the Vatican are followers of the Catholic faith
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level 40
Mar 21, 2013
Absolutely What! The nature of Islam in these countries is as varied as Christianity is in Christian countries. And btw... there are a WAY load of poor, insular Christian countries.
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level 73
Mar 22, 2013
Of course many of these communities were completely isolated from each other for centuries... the people living up in the mountains of central Asia and in the archipelagos of SouthEast Asia most of all, so naturally their cultures diverged. These days with the internet and television, though, we can see a growing conformity all over the Muslim umma. From Kazakhs who never heard a word of spoken Arabic before to Indonesians who previously were more Buddhist than Muslim are all now being influenced by fundamentalists and Wahabists from other corners of the Islamic world.
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level 27
Jul 21, 2013
Don't feel the need to respond to people who obviously have no idea what they're talking about
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level 73
Aug 29, 2013
Thanks for the advice.
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level 52
Oct 11, 2017
Thirdeyeeyes pretty much just described themself, just ignore people like that.
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level 34
Jul 4, 2013
I feel sorry for Isreal. They are Jews completey surrounded by people who hate them.
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level 50
Jun 19, 2014
Yes.
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level 39
Mar 4, 2015
Now now they have christian minority and largely neutral lebanon to the north... oh wait... israel bombed them... well there goes that ally
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level 73
Aug 23, 2015
Lebanon has never been neutral. They're actually among the most hostile and antagonistic of all of Israel's neighbors. It's true they have Maronite Christian, Greek Orthodox, Armenian, and Druze minorities that give the country a unique character; but politics there are still dominated by Hizbollah and has been for quite a while.
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level 57
Jun 11, 2016
That moment when kal comments on a two year old thread to prove a point.
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level 73
Aug 20, 2016
Is it more appropriate to respond to a one year old comment in a three year old thread than a five month old comment in a two year old thread?

Also, your sentence isn't a sentence.
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level 57
May 21, 2017
My turn! No one can comment on this for several months
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level 65
Oct 11, 2017
It's time.
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level 57
Oct 11, 2017
Lebanon may hate Israel now, but they're not that unjustified. Israel did kill a lot of people for no particular reason. I think his point was that Lebanon could've been an ally if it wasn't already, but then Israel ruined that chance.
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level 73
Oct 12, 2017
^bullcrap. Lebanon declared war against Israel the day after the British left and it has been a never ending cycle of hostility, fueled by both sides, ever since then. When there has been an opportunity for peaceful coexistence with any nearby countries Israel has seized on that. See: Cyprus, Turkey, Jordan, and Egypt. The large minority populations of non-Muslims in Lebanon have not changed the fact that they are and always have been among Israel's most hostile neighbors.
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level 55
Dec 26, 2017
Technically they've both declared war on eachother.
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level 31
Jan 16, 2018
lebanon was a potential ally before hostile groups destroyed the peace there and israel was forced to inervene as they crossed into their territory. Lebanon has gotten more stable since then, but if you look at pictures you can see how stable Lebanon was and that they were friends with Israel, which only attracted terrorist groups to overthrow the government just because they like jews. This, of course, goes against the Qu'ran, because in it 'The people of the book' (jews and christians) are not to be harmed.
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level 73
Mar 2, 2018
^ that only applies if they are living under Muslim subjugation and paying the jizya (non-Muslim tax), the Quran does not allow for independent Jewish states, and the hadith describe Jews as the eternal enemy of Muslims who will one day seek shelter beneath rocks or trees and those rocks will cry out "hey Muslim, there's a Jew under me! come kill him!"
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level 17
Oct 2, 2018
No they don't the majority Christians in Lebanon support Israel
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level 43
Oct 11, 2017
More like feel sorry for the Palestinians who were uprooted from their homes. Why couldn't the USA just take them in? Like don't we want immigrants here now? Seems like the dems sure do circa 2017...
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level 57
Oct 11, 2017
Sigh. There's always one.
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level 72
Oct 11, 2017
Feel sorry for the Palestinians -- the Israelis walled them off and other Arabs use them for propaganda purposes only. And t the Jews aren't surrounded by people who hate them -- Egypt and Jordan have signed peace treaties and for the most part they cooperate.
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level 73
Oct 12, 2017
They still hate them. At least the people in those countries do. Those in power maybe not so much. Sadat was assassinated for his part in the Camp David Accords, and the "Palestinians" of the West Bank or formerly of the West Bank are, for the most part, Jordanian. But Egypt has been ruled by secular military dictatorship that views sectarian conflict and religious fundamentalism as a threat to it's own power for 65 of the past 66 years; and Jordan is ruled by the secular and largely Western-friendly royal family installed by Europe (the only country in the vicinity to still be)- their only interest in conflict with Israel has always been purely opportunistic and self-serving, not ideologically driven.
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level 57
Jun 17, 2018
Maybe they shouldn't have taken all the local Muslims' land to start their country and they wouldn't have the local people p.o.'d at them.
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level 26
Jul 9, 2013
whoops I forgot Africa
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level 73
Sep 26, 2013
So did history.
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level 33
Oct 17, 2013
If I may, I live in Malaysia, a country included on your list. Malaysia, despite having very strict drug laws(messes with me getting my medications), is a wonderful place. Now, I am an expatriate from the United States and, consequently, have very high standards. I was very surprised when I came to Malaysia. It is a very liberal place with one of the best economic track records in southeast Asia. Any comments, Kal?
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level 73
Oct 20, 2013
I actually quite like SouthEast Asia, and am very much at home there, but you really find Malaysia to be liberal? Granted, the blasphemy laws there do not carry a death sentence, only 3 years imprisonment and a $1,000 fine. I guess that's something. Pretty liberal for a Muslim country, but still pretty sad in my view. Malaysia was ranked 141st in the Press Freedom Index by Reporters Without Borders (not so great). They censor or ban hundreds of movies and news reports every year. And sure, their economy is doing well by SE Asia's standards, and some of that is due to their willingness to embrace economic reform and think forward.

I still wouldn't call Malaysia liberal or progressive. I don't particularly dislike the country, I just would not attach either of those labels to it. Even considering that it's one of the least Muslim of all these Muslim countries. Also, in recent years they have been moving in the wrong direction, as has much of the Muslim ummah.
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level 33
Oct 28, 2013
Maybe I used the wrong words... Malaysia is very strict, and the government controls most news outlets. The country has a sort of unofficial racial placement system, with the Malays controlling the government, the Chinese controlling the economy, and the Indians doing everything else. Malaysia has the right to free worship, so I'm not quite sure what you mean by blasphemy. I have seen the Reporters without Borders listings, though I have my doubts as to whether they actually are completely accurate. Malaysia, to me, is definitely the most progressive and liberal country on this list.
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level 73
Oct 30, 2013
Just google Malaysia blasphemy laws and you'll see what I'm talking about.
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level 73
Oct 30, 2013
Also worth looking up on Wikipedia: Hamza Kashgari. A story that hits closer to home for me, as I live in Saudi Arabia- Hamza is a young Saudi blogger who sent out 3 vanilla tweets stating, in poetry, that he would like to shake the hand of Muhammad and that he didn't like the deification of the figure that he saw. When the tweets became news in Saudi Arabia Hamza tried to flee to New Zealand for asylum, but he was arrested en route in Malaysia and deported back to Saudi Arabia where many were calling for the death penalty. He spent two years in prison there and was only just released. He's been forbidden from working and now lives in fear for his life, thanks to Malaysian authorities.
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level 33
Nov 1, 2013
Oh my... I don't really know what to say. You win that argument Kal.
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level 50
Nov 22, 2014
I'd pick living in Malaysia over Buddhist Myanmar any day. South-East Asia is almost the perfect region to prove that religion alone, without analysis of other factors, is not the basis of "backwardness". Malaysia is one of the most well off, Myanmar is easily the most repressive and backwards countries in South-East Asia. Another example. Look at Albania and Kosovo compared to Serbia. Where would you rather live? Senegal or Nigeria? See my point?
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level 73
Feb 5, 2015
You'd rather live in Pristina or Tirana than Belgrade?
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level 56
Mar 16, 2015
Well, If he is muslim then most certainly he'd rather live in Tirana or Pristina. Serbians are not fond of them lately (cannot blame them for that). :) Nevertheless, why didn't you choose to compare Italy and Morocco or Japan and Bangladesh? It is completely pointless to pick two random countries (one muslim, one not) and make one choose which one they'd prefer to live in.
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level 73
Nov 23, 2016
About two years later... and I've actually been to all these places now. I'd like to retract my incredulity in the previous question. I would prefer to live in Pristina over Belgrade, now that I've seen both cities firsthand. And Albania has friendlier people and a much nicer climate than Serbia, so I'd rather live there, as well. Of all the many countries I've been through in the last few years I have to say Serbia is damn near the bottom of the list of places I would ever want to return to. Very negative experiences there.
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level 73
Oct 21, 2013
Also... out of this entire list of countries I would say Malaysia is probably the most liberal/progressive of all of them. The UAE might come in 2nd place. That sort of proves my point, though. If the MOST liberal country on the entire list is a place where it's still illegal to commit blasphemy and there is no concept of free speech, with international rankings on gender and income equality that are middling at best... then that's a pretty sad statement about the rest of the list.
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level 68
Aug 23, 2015
kalbahamut, what do you think of Turkey as the most progressive of them? They're a secular republic, after all (and economically thriving), even if Erdogan slowly destroys its liberal qualities.
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level 73
Aug 23, 2015
I just spent three months in Turkey. It's an interesting place. I met many people there who still believed in Ataturk's vision of a secular Turkey, but this is a very contentious view. Many believe that Islamist Erdogan is still close to becoming dictator, despite his party's slightly disappointing performance in the last election. I'm not sure if they are overall more secular or liberal than Malaysia. They're both near the top of the list. Other contestants would be the UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Azerbaijan, Kosovo, Albania, Jordan, Tunisia, maybe the Maldives and Comoros...
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level 73
Aug 26, 2017
This comment makes less sense now that my original comment at the top got deleted. I had commented sarcastically "all such progressive and modern places" or something to that effect... there was a long string of follow-up comments. In the back-and-forth I had listed the handful of countries on this quiz that were relatively more liberal than the others, while pointing out that even among the most liberal of these countries there's still not a single place where it's good to be female, Jewish, atheist, or gay. Malaysia wasn't one of the more relatively liberal countries on my own short list. Max was responding to that.
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level 66
Oct 23, 2013
Apparently Kalbahamut had a lot to say about this quiz.
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level 73
Oct 30, 2013
and there's more where that came from. :) I've spent a lot of time in some of these places.
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level 45
Oct 19, 2014
Gets Comoros and Maldives, misses Pakistan -.-
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level 47
Jan 19, 2015
Dammit. Missed Albania, The Gambia and Kosovo.
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level 19
Mar 1, 2015
Where is Palestine (97.5% majority muslim)?
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level 55
Apr 25, 2015
It is not recognized as a sovereign nation by many countries.
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level 70
Aug 23, 2015
It is recognised as a sovereign nation by most countries (135 out of 196, or 69%), and has observer status at the UN similar to Vatican City and (until 1992) Switzerland.
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level 65
Sep 23, 2015
That's why I wonder why kosovo is considered a country on Jetpunk while Palestine is not (All political conflicts aside). I mean Kosovo has less recognition in the UN and Russia is still excercising veto power against it.
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level 73
Apr 10, 2016
Kosovo has full sovereign control over it's own territory. It has a functioning undisputed (internally) government. It does not use Serbian currency ("Palestine" uses the Israeli shekel). Kosovo issues its citizens Kosovan passports. Kosovo controls its own borders. Kosovo has it's own military. "Palestine" has none of those things. What Palestine has going for it is popularity in the UN due to being a cause du jour for many Islamic countries or countries in Africa that are confused by Muslim propaganda equating Israeli nationalism with European colonialism. Sympathy does not equal sovereignty.
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level 67
Nov 13, 2016
Eulex (read NATO) army has control over territory of Kosovo, it does not have its own currency and it is main European supplier of heroin.In such small country that undisputed government with help of NATO should take care of this. So, army base for NATO, drug money for government, just play dead if you want to stay alive there. It is shame how Kosovo is poor and they were once part of rich Yugoslavia.
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level 70
Nov 19, 2016
And Palestine does issue its own passports. I saw hundreds of them when I was there.
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level 73
Nov 23, 2016
Serbia sucks. It's not a shame to not be a part of that country. Particularly considering how the government was treating the Muslim/Albanian Kosovars. If Yugoslavia was so wonderful why are Macedonia, Croatia, Bosnia, and Montenegro all countries now?

I didn't say that Kosovo had it's own currency. I said they don't use Serbian dinars. Currently they use euros. I guess I was wrong about the military. I looked it up and apparently this was disbanded following independence in 1999. Still, there is no Serbian military presence in Kosovo. Unlike the West Bank which has IDF checkpoints all over the place.
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level 72
Oct 11, 2017
Yugoslavia was wealthy mainly due to Slovenia and Croatia. Kosovo as part of Yugoslavia was still poor as it is today.
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level 55
Apr 25, 2015
Cool quiz. Hope you make some about other religions as well.
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level 73
May 11, 2015
There are a bunch already. Search the site for words like "Orthodox," "Jewish," "Muslim," "Christian," "Catholic," "Buddhist" etc and you should find them.
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level 20
Jul 27, 2015
Forgot Afghanistan, Libya, Djibouti, Kosovo, Guinea and Mali.
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level 37
Aug 14, 2015
Indonesia and Turkey are the most progressive and secular with nearly zero blasphemy law (Except Aceh)
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level 73
Aug 23, 2015
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level 49
Aug 23, 2015
I tried France but it wasn't accepted. I'll try back in the year 2030 or so.
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level 55
Aug 24, 2015
I didn't see a single country there that hasn't been responsible for deaths of other religions.
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level 65
Sep 23, 2015
Because, realistically, about 80% of countries of the world would fall into that category, regardless of what the religion in question was. I don't think the recently independant Gulf countries ever declared holy war, while former European Powers all did at some point. It's a function of time.
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level 53
Aug 20, 2017
Warrenator Yeah, Djibouti is really known for its eradication of all of the surrounding countries' religions. If we're not careful Djibouti will run this planet
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level 18
Apr 16, 2018
"Yeah, Djibouti is really known for its eradication of all of the surrounding countries' religions. If we're not careful Djibouti will run this planet" Laughed my ass off xddddddddddddddddd
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level 18
Apr 16, 2018
"Yeah, Djibouti is really known for its eradication of all of the surrounding countries' religions. If we're not careful Djibouti will run this planet" Laughed my arse off xdddddddddddddddddddddd
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level 73
Oct 11, 2017
What?
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level 58
Aug 24, 2015
Wow. Senegal is at 96%! Did not know that. And I thought Bosnia might have been in there.
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level 33
May 29, 2016
same typed Bosnia like a million times, because Bosnians are known as Bosnian Muslims and then I typed Senegal and was surprised
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level 38
Mar 18, 2016
Chicken
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level 75
Oct 11, 2017
I want some chicken.
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level 29
Mar 31, 2016
I had no idea countries like Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan were so Muslim.
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level 73
Apr 10, 2016
When Islam was spreading rapidly across the world it penetrated deeply into central Asia, spreading as far as Xinjiang (northwest China). All of Central Asia was then surrounded by Muslims... Uyghurs to the east, various Muslim Turkic peoples to the north (some of whom would later migrate west and conquer Anatolia), and what would later become Iran and Pakistan to the south... Persia and the areas of the Indian subcontinent that were subjugated by invading Arabs.
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level 33
May 29, 2016
how the hell did I forget Yemen Bahrain Tajikistan and Brunei
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level 33
May 29, 2016
and kosovo
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level 25
Jul 22, 2016
The African ones really surprised me!
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level 58
Jul 28, 2016
CRAP I lived in Albania and Kosovo for 6 years total and missed both! Also never would have guessed that Azerbaijan has more Muslims than Saudi Arabia... funny how that works out!
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level 27
Aug 23, 2016
technically it's the other way around since saudi arabia has more people than azerbaijan
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level 38
Apr 14, 2018
Honestly, can someone explain to me how Azerbaijan can have such a high percent of muslims but Armenia and Georgia are not even on the list??
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level 35
Apr 15, 2018
Seriously? Georgia and Armenia are Christian countries..... Armenia was the first christian country in the world, and is today 98.1% Christian. Georgia is 83.4%. I wish the world would pay more attention to these two countries. They've had such a hard history, living among muslim majority countries. Just google the armenian genocide...
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level 73
Nov 13, 2016
Got everything but Kosovo. I should have remembered that Kosovo is mostly ethnic Albanian.
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level 62
Jan 25, 2017
According to Wikipedia, Bosnia and Herzegovina is narrowly majority Muslim, at 51%.
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level 1
Feb 8, 2017
that was good man make more
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level 45
Feb 27, 2017
when you forget about iraq :D
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level 39
Mar 23, 2017
To Yogscastjetpunk: "Christian faith is different to the Catholic faith"... HELLO??? A Christian is a follower of Christ, are you tying to say that Catholics aren't Christians?????
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level 73
Apr 13, 2017
A lot of Protestants do say that.
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level 68
Apr 5, 2017
Soon Sweden will be on this quiz.
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level 60
Apr 5, 2017
Anybody know why there's that pocket in south Asia - Malaysia, Indonesia, etc. - that's Muslim? Just curious why a predominantly Middle-Eastern religion became so entrenched there.
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level 73
Apr 13, 2017
Islam spread through violent and bloody conquest as far west as Morocco and Spain, pushing in to Europe as far as France in the west and Vienna in the east, and as far east as the Indian subcontinent. Once it became pretty entrenched in the east there, it spread mostly via trade with the East Indies, where it flourished leading to several different sultanates springing up. I think the fact that the conquest was halted in India accounts for why there seems to be a break when you reach IndoChina in SE Asia.
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level 44
Aug 3, 2018
I think the reason why there is a break in India is partly because of people moving between the newly-created India and Pakistan after India was partitioned. This led to few Hindus in Pakistan and few Muslims in India.
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level 73
Oct 14, 2018
^ but that doesn't account for the rest of the break where, if you keep going east, first you get to Myanmar where Muslim Rohingas are a persecuted minority, and then Thailand which is overwhelmingly Buddhist and the only Muslims are ethnic Malays in the far southern provinces.
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level 73
Apr 6, 2017
My initial comment here got deleted some 4 years after the fact? That unfortunate. I thought it had inspired a lot of interesting dialogue. There were a bunch of perhaps linked comments that also got wiped out. What for? Did JetPunk get contacted by CAIR?
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level 35
Apr 15, 2018
Yes... muslim expansionism in the East Indies began when the local King/whatever his title was married an Indian Muslim princess. Afterwards it became necessary to mass convert the populace to avoid retribution from his in-laws :)
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level 35
Apr 15, 2018
Ooooh... just you wait you'll have Linda Sarsour on your case.... watch it... she may try to blow herself up- her sympathies are that way inclined.
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level 42
Jul 7, 2017
You know it's time to take a break when you forget UAE and Egypt. Too many countries floating around in the brain.
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level 27
Oct 11, 2017
Didn't think albania and kosovo would be in the list.
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level 75
Oct 11, 2017
Tried every single one of the former Yugoslavia countries - except Kosovo.
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level 73
Oct 11, 2017
That seems like the first one you should guess.
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level 40
Oct 11, 2017
Iraq deffo doesn't have that amount of muslims. And Saudi Deffo has 100% There is no alternative answer.
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level 73
Oct 11, 2017
I guess it's settled then.
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level 44
Oct 11, 2017
All countries with so much equality and progression!
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level 57
Oct 11, 2017
Yes, yes. We know. But Buddhist Myanmar is just as bad. And, honestly, I think there are pockets of the United States Bible Belt where people would be all too happy to implement the kind of violence and oppression that these countries use, as long as it was done in the name of "Christianity." Religious zealotry tends to lead to savagery. These countries have more fundamentalists than most, but fundamentalism -- and all its moronic, violent tendencies are not unique to Islam.
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level 73
Oct 12, 2017
I miss the long and interesting conversation that used to be at the top of this page in response to a similar comment I left. Still don't understand why it was deleted so many years after it began.

To quote and then paraphrase Sam Harris: the problem with Islamic fundamentalism is the fundamentals of Islam. While granted the Old Testament contains some of the worst books ever written in human history, Christianity has somewhat reformed. Certain flavors of Buddhism can provide a rationale for kamikaze attacks, but in most the logical path to justifying suicide bombing is a tortured one. And the more crazy Jain fundamentalists get... the *less* we have to worry about them.
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level 58
Oct 12, 2017
Oh man. Saudi Arabia went out of my head!
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level 38
Apr 14, 2018
Same, with the United Arab Emirates. Only missed that with the Maldives.
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level 56
Feb 16, 2018
Lol, got Burkina faso but forgot afghanistan. Smh
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level 4
Apr 15, 2018
99.8% in Tunisia ? This is litterally an unbelievable figure. Society there has been more and more secular since at least 40 years, and as of now any figure above 90% would look very suspicious to me. Now, 99.8 ??? Come on...
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level 35
Apr 15, 2018
The figures are from 2010 - a lot may have changed since the Arab Spring.
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level 73
May 26, 2018
In most of these countries the religion you profess has more to do with who your parents were than any actual beliefs you hold. But, having been to Tunisia a couple years ago, it's still a pretty religious and conservative place. It was much more like Saudi Arabia than I was expecting it to be.
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level 27
Apr 15, 2018
I got 36, but missed the little known Muslim country Saudi Arabia.
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level 18
Apr 16, 2018
lol
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level 32
Apr 16, 2018
I missed Burkina Faso, Maldives, Kosovo and Comoros. I think with more time I would have caught them
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level 39
Jul 14, 2018
Bosnia and Hezegovina is a majority Muslim country as well, but it's missing here.
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level 17
Oct 2, 2018
Lebanon is not at all majority muslim
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level 73
Oct 14, 2018
How do you figure?
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