By Arshad Khan
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As part of their effort to project a religiously correct image to their domestic religious extremists, Saudi rulers have patronized extremist schools and religious organizations outside their country. They include many of the madrassas that have been producing religious zealots with minimal knowledge and understanding of the secular world. Egypt has seen the growth of many religious movements, including the Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwan al-Muslimeen), which has branches in many countries, and the Egyptian Islamic Jehad.
Areas of concentration Followers of Islam are found in all parts of the world. About 47% of Muslims live in four southern and southeastern Asian countries: Indonesia, Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh. The countries with the largest numbers of Muslims are: • Indonesia: 201 million • Pakistan: 140 million • India: 123 million • Bangladesh: 109 million • Turkey: 66 million • Egypt: 65 million • Nigeria: 63 million The distribution of Muslims, early in the 21st century, may surprise some people: • Muslims are a majority in 54 countries • Even though Islam began in the Middle East, Arabs account for only 22% of Muslims • 30% of Muslims live in the Indian subcontinent (India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh) 25 Islam, Muslims, and America • Even though India has the third largest Muslim population in the world, it forms only 12% of India’s huge population • Muslims are in a majority in two European countries — Bosnia and Albania • Six million Muslims live in the United States • Five million Muslims live in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom Ethnic diversity Since Islam taught that ethnicity is an irrelevant factor for those coming into its fold, it appealed broadly across continents and ethnic divisions.
He was admired for his principles, independent thinking, and leadership skills. He was also one of the architects of the 1973 Arab oil embargo against the West. In 1975, a Saudi prince who had lived for a while in the United States murdered him. Feisal’s murder sent a shock wave through the Muslim world. The prevalent belief among Muslims, albeit unproven, is that the Americans used the mentally unstable prince as a tool to eliminate Feisal because he was an independent thinker and consequently posed a threat to their interests in the Middle East.
Islam, Muslims and America: Understanding the Basis of Their Conflict by Arshad Khan