Just from my spot reading of some posts on this thread, I'm surprised at the ignorance about "muslim nations."
According to the Pew Research Center in 2010 there were 57 Muslim-majority countries. Around 62% of the world's Muslims live in South and Southeast Asia, with over 1 billion adherents. The largest Muslim population in a country is in Indonesia, a nation home to 12.7% of the world's Muslims,
Unfortunately, most people, especially in the US, learn about Muslims from our media and politicians that are mostly misinformation about Muslims and their countries. Muslims represent 23% of the world's population, and THEY ARE NOT THE MOST VIOLENT NOR ARE MOST MUSLIMS TERRORISTS.
The Princeton University Middle Eastern scholar Bernard Lewis, states that Islamic jurisprudence does not allow terrorism. In 2001, Professor Lewis noted:
At no time did the (Muslim) jurist approve of terrorism. Nor indeed is there any evidence of the use of terrorism (in Islamic tradition). Muslims are commanded not to kill women, children, or the aged, not to torture or otherwise ill-treat prisoners, The rules and regulations concerning prisoners of war in Islam to give fair warning of the opening of hostilities, and to honor agreements. Similarly, the laws of Jihad categorically preclude wanton and indiscriminate slaughter. The warriors in the holy war are urged not to harm non-combatants, women and children, "unless they attack you first." A point on which they insist is the need for a clear declaration of war before beginning hostilities, and for proper warning before resuming hostilities after a truce. What the classical jurists of Islam never remotely considered is the kind of unprovoked, unannounced mass slaughter of uninvolved civil populations that we saw in New York two weeks ago. For this there is no precedent and no authority in Islam.
We have been bombarded by the media about Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan, where terrorist activities and our engagement with these countries have been failures. When have we heard about the Muslim majority countries that have been experiencing terrorist activities beyond the west?
I have personally traveled to Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan in Central Asia. These are Muslim majority countries where it's illegal to promote religion. School children in most of those countries have approached our travel group to talk with us, because they want to practice their English. Many speak multiple languages, and we met one boy who speaks seven languages. I've also traveled to Indonesia several times, and the people there are some the most gentle and friendliest on this planet. I also have friends in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. He and his wife are doctors, and they're also Muslims.
The impressions most Americans have of Muslims are wrong.