Book Release: Kettani publishes book about World Muslim Population
Book is first of its kind research on Muslims, Halal, and sequel to stay of Muslim world population
Dr. Houssain Kettani, professor of computer science, had his book “The World Muslim Population Spatial and Temporal Analyses” published this fall. This is his second book, following “The World Muslim Population, History and Prospect” published in 2014.
Kettani was inspired to work on the topic because “there is so much talk about Muslim population, but when it comes to numbers they are hardly mentioned or are not based on an acceptable scientific criteria.” He began his research in 2009, focusing on current estimates of Muslim population in each country through census data, available surveys, and credible estimates.
Through his research he has written six conference papers, 11 journal papers, two books, and three invited keynote speeches at the International Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities.
The goal of the book is to “track and model the growth and distribution of the Muslim population in every country in the world within current political boundaries since the inception of Islam in 600 to the year 2100,” according to Kettani.
“The work is the first of its kind and can be used as a reference for any study that deals with Muslim populations, including halal food, Islamic financing, terrorism, and immigration,” Kettani said. They
Additionally, “data from the book can be used as supplement exercises or projects to a course in machine learning, data mining, or similar,” he added.
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