Poverty & Underdevelopment in the Muslim World (Part 1)

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The harsh reality of the present day Muslim World is that despite being in possession of enormous potential and immense resources [1], most of the countries are at a lower level of development, barring a few exceptions , mostly the natural-resources-rich countries [2].

However, a major chunk of the global Muslim population continues to languish in abject poverty. A sizable number of populace in Muslim countries, with large populations, lives below the internationally defined poverty line; in some cases, this ratio is as high as 60 and 70% (Exhibit 1).

Exhibit 1: Population below Poverty in Selected Muslim Countries

Country Population below Poverty Line % of Total Population Azerbaijan 49.6...