MUSLIMS LAG IN GLOBAL ECONOMIC OUTPUT, RESEARCH SHOWS

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The word’s second-biggest religion after Christiani­ty is Islam, and one out of every four people is a Muslim. Yet majority-Muslim nations are not enjoying the same level of economic growth seen in other countries, research by Dunya writer Ozcan Kadioglu reveals. The share of global economic output controlled by 12 Muslim countries

rose to 6.3 percent in 2016, from 4.4 percent in 2000. When purchasing power is taken into account, the figures become 11.6 percent, from 9.6 percent in 2000. This pales in comparison to the 123 percent expansion in the global economy in the same period. Excluding Malaysia, the 55 member states in the Organizati­on of Islamic Cooperatio­n have combined advanced technology exports of $12.5 billion, a 0.4 percent share of the world’s total high-tech exports. A look at the list of Nobel Prize winners for science in the past 114 years shows that only three Muslim scientists have been awarded: one Pakistani, one Egyptian and, in 2015, one Turk, Aziz Sancar. All three benefitted from laboratori­es or education in Western countries. Jews, who account for less than 0.2 percent of the world’s population, have seen more than 100 scientists win the Nobel Prize.

The average length of education of Jews is 13.4 years, and their studies center around analytical thinking, research and creation. Much of the Islamic world has educationa­l systems that require submission and memorizati­on that experts say is not beneficial for a child’s mental developmen­t. Kadioglu concludes that this understand­ing of education impacts how Muslims produce as they grow.

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