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Asian Muslim tech startups hope to lure Islam's 1.8bn followers

Investors see the potential as internet majors like Google enter market

Muslim students offer prayers during Ramadan in Indonesia. Smartphone notifications that alert people to break their fast have become popular in the country, which has the world's largest Muslim population.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- The internet can be difficult for Muslims to navigate as forbidden content is rife, but many Asian startups are providing their own answers to Facebook and Google for Islam's 1.8 billion followers by offering platforms that are Sharia-compliant.

Investors are increasingly interested in so-called Muslim tech - companies and platforms that offer services that fall within Sharia law and that uphold Islamic values.

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