Fertility Decline in the Muslim World, c. 1975–c. 2005: A Veritable Sea-Change, Still Curiously Unnoticed

  • Nicholas EberstadtEmail author
  • Apoorva Shah


There remains a widely perceived notion that “Muslim” societies are especially resistant to embarking upon the path of demographic and familial change that has transformed population profiles in Europe, North America, and other “more developed” areas. In reality, however, fertility levels are falling dramatically for countries and sub-national populations throughout the Ummah – and traditional marriage patterns and living arrangements are undergoing tremendous change. This brief chapter will highlight some of these changes, examine some of their correlates and possible determinants, and speculate about some of their implications.


Total Fertility Rate Fertility Decline Fertility Level Family Planning Program Fertility Change 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.American Enterprise InstituteWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.Advisory Board CompanyWashingtonUSA

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