in the 7th century during the
life of Muhammad
. The greatest number of
adherents of Islam has lived in Asia since the beginning of
Islamic Golden Age
Some time after the death of Omar, the Islamic Golden Age
started (approx. 750).
It lasted till about 15th Century. This period witnessed the lives
of many Muslim scientists
. It was also the time of the
development of Islamic
. Many influential Muslim thinkers lived at that
Distribution of Islam per country.
Green represents a Sunni majority and blue represents a Shia
Today, most Muslims live in Asia, although many of them exist in
other parts of the world. The majority of notable Muslim religious
leaders are based in Asia. Asian countries with high Muslim populations
or high percentages of Muslim people, in comparison to the rest of
the countries include Maldives, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Turkey, Yemen, Bahrain, Azerbaijan, Jordan, Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh Iran, Iraq, Uzbekistan and Russia.
One of the important 20th century figures that developed Islam was
- a philosopher
. Another important Asian Muslim was Abdullah Yusuf Ali, an Indian Muslim from
Mumbai who translated the Qur'an to