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Islam Expanding Globally, Adapting Locally

One in every five people worldwide is a Muslim, some 1.3 billion believers. Islam is the world’s fastest growing religion and it has spread across the globe. Muslims everywhere agree on the Shahadah, the profession of faith: “There is no God but Allah; Mohammed is the prophet of Allah.” But Islam is far from homogenous—the faith reflects the increasingly diverse areas in which it is practiced. “Islam is a world religion,” said Ali Asani, a Harvard professor of Indo-Muslim Languages and Culture. “If you think about doctrine and theology, when these sets of religious ideas and concepts are transferred to different parts of the world—and Muslims live in many cultures and speak many different languages—the expressions of those doctrines and theology will necessarily be influenced by local culture.” Full Story

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