U.S. dominates list of world’s ’500 Most Influential Muslims’

Published: Monday, Dec. 3 2012 1:00 p.m. MST

Seyyed Hossein Nasr, a professor of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University, makes his keynote address as United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, left, looks on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2004. Nasr placed No. 44 in this year's "The Muslim 500: The World’s 500 Most Influential Muslims.

Stuart Ramson, Associated Press

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Our take: Compiled by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centren, this year's "The Muslim 500: The World's 500 Most Influential Muslims" features more Muslims from the United States than any other country, including two in the top 50.

There are more Muslims from America than any other country on this year's "The Muslim 500: The World's 500 Most Influential Muslims," compiled by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre, a respected think tank in Jordan, including two in the top 50.

Sheikh Hamza Yusuf Hanson, a California-born convert who founded Zaytuna College, an Islamic college in Berkeley, Calif., and is a leading Islamic authority in America, ranked No. 42, two places ahead of Seyyed Hossein Nasr, an Islamic studies professor at George Washington University known for his work in Islamic philosophy.

America's roughly 2.6 million Muslims are a tiny fraction of the world's 1.6 billion Muslims, but they took 41 spots on the 500 list. Countries with the next highest number of names were Egypt, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom, with 25 Muslims each, followed by Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, with 24.

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