A world map showing the percentage of Muslims in each country. The diaspora (in non-dark green regions) is most notably visible in the West.

The Muslim diaspora is the diasporic group of Muslims whose ancestors emigrated from the long-standing regions of the Muslim world, which mainly comprise the Middle East and North Africa along with parts of South and Southeast Asia.[1][2]

Community relations

Muslim diaspora and its countries of origin

The intersection between the Muslim diaspora's relationship with its ancestral homelands and the Muslim diaspora's relationship with foreign Islamic communities as part of the global Ummah has been called into question by some in the host countries of the diaspora, with scholars offering different ways of approaching the connections between the two relationships.[3]

Muslim diaspora and its host countries

In the West

See also: Multiculturalism and Islam and Immigration to the Western world

Many diaspora members live in the West, and there is sometimes conflict between the diaspora's Islam-influenced values and the Western values of their host countries. In particular, there is some conflict in terms of how to deal with gender roles and gender equality.[4]

In Europe

Main article: Islam in Europe

Geert Wilders, a Dutch politician who is famous for his criticisms of Islam.

Within Europe, there has been a right-wing populist backlash towards the Muslim diaspora.[5]

See also


  1. ^ Moghissi, Haideh (2007-01-24). Muslim Diaspora: Gender, Culture and Identity. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-135-98541-7.
  2. ^ Silvestri, Sara (2016). "Misperceptions of the 'Muslim Diaspora'". Current History. 115 (784): 319–321. ISSN 0011-3530.
  3. ^ Shams, Tahseen (2021-03-01). "Homeland and Heartland: Conceptualizing the "Muslim" "Diaspora"". Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies. 21 (1): 47–63. doi:10.3138/diaspora.21.1.2020-11-03. ISSN 1044-2057.
  4. ^ "Muslim Diaspora in the West: Negotiating Gender, Home and Belonging". Routledge & CRC Press. Retrieved 2023-11-17.
  5. ^ "The One Percent Problem: Muslims in the West and the Rise of the New Populists". Brookings. Retrieved 2023-11-17.