(RNS) There are more Muslims from America than any other country on this year's "The Muslim 500: The World's 500 Most Influential Muslims," compiled by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre, a respected think tank in Jordan, including two in the top 50.

Sheikh Hamza Yusuf Hanson, a California-born convert who founded Zaytuna College, an Islamic college in Berkeley, Calif., and is a leading Islamic authority in America, ranked No. 42, two places ahead of Seyyed Hossein Nasr, an Islamic studies professor at George Washington University known for his work in Islamic philosophy.

America's roughly 2.6 million Muslims are a tiny fraction of the world's 1.6 billion Muslims, but they took 41 spots on the 500 list. Countries with the next highest number of names were Egypt, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom, with 25 Muslims each, followed by Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, with 24.

"Compared to the global Muslim population, the representation of U.S. Muslims in this list is disproportionate, but yet representative in the way they shape global discourse," said Duke University Islamic studies professor Ebrahim Moosa.

The third annual compilation lists the winners according to 13 categories, including spiritual guides, Quran reciters, scholars, politicians, celebrities, sports figures, radicals, and media leaders. Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah took the list's No. 1 spot.

Other Americans to make the list include:

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, all-time NBA scoring leader, and boxing legend Muhammad Ali

  • Umar Faruq Abdullah, a convert who founded the Nawawi Foundation, an educational nonprofit organization in Chicago

  • Azizah Al-Hibri, chairwoman of Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights, appointed in 2011 by President Obama to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

  • Sheikh Muhammad Bin Yahya Al Husayni Al-Ninowy, imam at the Masjid al-Madina in Atlanta, and a descendant of Prophet Muhammad's daughter Fatima

  • Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations in Washington, D.C.

  • Rep. Andre Carson, D-Ind., and Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., the only two Muslim members of Congress

  • Mohamed El-Erian, CEO of the global investment management firm Pimco and one of the world's most respected economists

  • Sheikh Yusuf Estes, former chaplain for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons and internationally known preacher

  • Imam Mohamed Magid, president of the Islamic Society of North America

  • Aasif Mandvi, actor, frequently appears on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show"

Click through to see the list of top 25 most influential Muslims in the world, as compiled by Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center:

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  • H.M. King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud

    King of Saudi Arabia & Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques

  • H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdogan

    Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey

  • H.M. King Mohammed VI

    King of Morocco

  • Dr Mohammed Badie

    Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood

  • H.H. Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani

    Emir of Qatar

  • H.E. Grand Ayatollah Hajj Sayyid Ali Khamenei

    Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran

  • H.M. King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein

    King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

  • H.E. Professor Dr Sheikh Ahmad Muhammad Al Tayyeb

    Grand Sheikh of the Al Azhar University, Grand Imam of the Al Azhar

  • H.E. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

    President of Indonesia

  • Hodjaefendi Fethullah Gülen

    Turkish Muslim Preacher

  • H.E. Muhammad Morsi Isa Al-Ayyat

    President of Egypt

  • H.M. Sultan Qaboos bin Sa’id Aal Sa’id

    Sultan of Oman

  • H.E. Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Hussein Sistani

    Marja of the Hawza, Najaf, Iraq

  • H.E. Sheikh Dr Ali Goma’a

    Grand Mufti of the Arab Republic of Egypt

  • H.H. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan

    Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi & Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces

  • Sheikh Dr Yusuf Al Qaradawi

    Head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars

  • Amir Hajji Muhammad Abd Al Wahhab

    Amir of Tablighi Jamaat, Pakistan

  • H.E. Sheikh Abdul Aziz ibn Abdullah Aal Al Sheikh

    Grand Mufti of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

  • Dr K.H. Said Aqil Siradj

    Chairman of Indonesia’s Nahdlatul Ulama

  • Sheikh Salman Al Ouda

    Saudi Scholar and Educator

  • H.E. Sheikha Munira Qubeysi

    Leader of the Qubeysi Movement

  • Sheikh as Sultan Muhammadu Sa’adu Abubakar III

    Sultan of Sokoto

  • Sheikh Ahmad Tijani bin Ali Cisse

    Leader of the Tijaniyya Sufi Order

  • H.E. President Abdullah Gül

    President of the Republic of Turkey

  • H.M. Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah

    Sultan of Brunei

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