Erdogan named world's most influential Muslim

Erdogan named world's most influential Muslim

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ranked first place in the 2019 edition of the World's 500 Most Influential Muslims.

Prepared annually by the Jordan-based Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre, the book notes that Erdogan became Turkey's first popularly-elected president in August 2014 and then secured a second term in the 2018 election with 52.5% of the vote.

During Erdogan's terms, Turkey has undergone "constitutional reform and a re-emergence as a major global power," the publication said.

In the book's editions belonging to previous years, Erdogan was ranked 8th in 2016 and 2017, and 5th in 2018, Daily Sabah reported.

In the 2019 ranking, Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud was ranked second in being the most influential Muslim, while Jordanian King Abdullah II Ibn Al-Hussein was ranked third.