Islamic ‘Facebook’ targets Asian Muslims

Salamworld’s founder and chairman Abdulvahit Niyazov, President of the Islamic Cultural Center of Russia

Salamworld, a Turkey-based start-up company offering a Facebook-like social network platform in the Internet, plans its global launch in November this year and is targeting the large Muslim population in Southeast Asia as part of its expansion plans.

Salamworld’s creators, a Russian-Turkish firm with offices in Istanbul, Moscow and Cairo, want to tap into the large number of Muslim internet users: According to their own projections, they plan to attract about 5 to 15 million  users by the end of 2012, and more that 150 million users within the next three years worldwide.

The major difference between Salamworld and Facebook as well as other social networks will be the filtering of unislamic content such as pornography, gambling and other things deemed haram. This also includes advertising with images showing women in revealing clothes, for example. Furthermore, the network will ban anything inciting terrorist activity or human rights violations.

Salamworld’s main target audience comprises of a young generation of Muslims and non-Muslims, modern Muslim families, an international network of contemporary Muslim Scholars, Muslim communities in Islamic and non-Islamic regions and non-Muslims seeking information on Islam.

Salamworld has already conducted campaigns and presentations in Malaysia and Indonesia, two predominantly Muslim countries in Southeast Asia with a large online community, as well as in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia, India, Kazhakstan and Nigeria, among others.

The site content will be available in English, French, Turkish, Russian, Malay, Persian, Arabic and Urdu,with additional translation tools built into the site.

Salamworld’s founder and chairman is Abdulvahit Niyazov, President of the Islamic Cultural Center of Russia. Nurserik Kudereyev, a Kazakhstanian businessman, is the company’s CEO. Salamworld’s deputy chairman and deputy CEO, Ahmed Azimov, is a Dagestan native. Tareq Al Suwaidan, general director of Egypt-based Al Risala Channel, owned by Saudi billionaire Al Waleed Bin Talal, is executive board member of the company.



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[caption id="attachment_4438" align="alignleft" width="300"] Salamworld's founder and chairman Abdulvahit Niyazov, President of the Islamic Cultural Center of Russia[/caption] Salamworld, a Turkey-based start-up company offering a Facebook-like social network platform in the Internet, plans its global launch in November this year and is targeting the large Muslim population in Southeast Asia as part of its expansion plans. Salamworld's creators, a Russian-Turkish firm with offices in Istanbul, Moscow and Cairo, want to tap into the large number of Muslim internet users: According to their own projections, they plan to attract about 5 to 15 million  users by the end of 2012, and...

Salamworld’s founder and chairman Abdulvahit Niyazov, President of the Islamic Cultural Center of Russia

Salamworld, a Turkey-based start-up company offering a Facebook-like social network platform in the Internet, plans its global launch in November this year and is targeting the large Muslim population in Southeast Asia as part of its expansion plans.

Salamworld’s creators, a Russian-Turkish firm with offices in Istanbul, Moscow and Cairo, want to tap into the large number of Muslim internet users: According to their own projections, they plan to attract about 5 to 15 million  users by the end of 2012, and more that 150 million users within the next three years worldwide.

The major difference between Salamworld and Facebook as well as other social networks will be the filtering of unislamic content such as pornography, gambling and other things deemed haram. This also includes advertising with images showing women in revealing clothes, for example. Furthermore, the network will ban anything inciting terrorist activity or human rights violations.

Salamworld’s main target audience comprises of a young generation of Muslims and non-Muslims, modern Muslim families, an international network of contemporary Muslim Scholars, Muslim communities in Islamic and non-Islamic regions and non-Muslims seeking information on Islam.

Salamworld has already conducted campaigns and presentations in Malaysia and Indonesia, two predominantly Muslim countries in Southeast Asia with a large online community, as well as in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia, India, Kazhakstan and Nigeria, among others.

The site content will be available in English, French, Turkish, Russian, Malay, Persian, Arabic and Urdu,with additional translation tools built into the site.

Salamworld’s founder and chairman is Abdulvahit Niyazov, President of the Islamic Cultural Center of Russia. Nurserik Kudereyev, a Kazakhstanian businessman, is the company’s CEO. Salamworld’s deputy chairman and deputy CEO, Ahmed Azimov, is a Dagestan native. Tareq Al Suwaidan, general director of Egypt-based Al Risala Channel, owned by Saudi billionaire Al Waleed Bin Talal, is executive board member of the company.



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