India has approximately 153 million Muslims.
After Indonesia and Pakistan, its has the world’s third biggest Muslim population.
It has a thriving Shia population. Professor Juan Cole has written a very well reviewed book about Shia Islam, and it includes extensive information about India’s Shia community. The book is called “Sacred Space And Holy War: The Politics, Culture and History of Shi’ite Islam“. India of course also has a thriving Sunni Muslim community as well.
On September 4th, Al Qaeda declared that its opening up a new branch in India.
In the podcast below, the Economist magazine explains why its unlikely that Al Qaeda will find many recruits among India’s Muslim population.
You can listen to the podcast here