An Islamic state is a political area, usually a country, that uses Sharia law as its basis for government, laws, and social norms. It is often considered a theocracy. The idea comes from the ancient Caliphate, which included areas ruled by religious leaders thought to be successors of prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Today, an Islamic state may include modern political traditions, such as having a parliament or a President. These countries have used Islamic law to define every area of government, including the Constitution. The major Islamic states are Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Mauritania, and Yemen.
Neutral Muslim Majority Countries
In a neutral Muslim-majority country, the population is overwhelmingly Muslim without Islam being the state religion. These nations include Niger, Indonesia, Sudan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sierra Leone, and Djibouti.
Secular Muslim Majority Countries
In secular Muslim majority countries, the majority of the population identifies as followers of Islam. The government, however, has declared a separation of religion and state. This declaration means that religion should neither interfere nor influence civil and political affairs. These countries include Albania, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Chad, The Gambia, Guinea, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Mali, Northern Cyprus, Nigeria, Senegal, Syria, Lebanon, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Turkey, and Uzbekistan.
|Islamic States/Countries With Islam As State Religion||% Of Population That Is Muslim|
|United Arab Emirates||76|