The 500 most influential Muslims

A new report released by The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center and Georgetown University’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding lists the 500 most influential Muslims in the world today.

Recognizing scholars, politicians, scientists, philanthropists, women, as well as leading figures in media and the arts, the report intends to provide an objective overview of influential Muslims in all aspects and fields of society. The listing however has its shortcomings: the ranking only leads to the top 50 Muslims, and thereafter merely mentions the remaining 450 without any hierarchy of importance. Moreover, the listing tends to has a bias towards individuals adhering to more conservative forms of Islam. Missing names in the top-50 include Bashar Al-Assad of Syria and Mohamed El Baradei of the IAEA, whereas Muhammad Yunus (Grameen Foundation) is nowhere to be seen in the entire ranking.

The entire report can be read at

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