Crash Course in Islam — Muslims
>>STEVE ST. GEORGE: Hello. I'm Steve St. George. And this is your crash course in Islam. Today we examine the question of whether all Muslims are Arabs. Islam arose out of the Arabian desert. Its most holy places are Medina and Mecca in what is now Saudi Arabia. And the original practitioners were indeed Arabs. So there may have been a time centuries ago when you could say all Muslims were Arabs. That's no longer the case. Since its founding Islam, has become the fastest growing religion in the world. Believers can be found in places like China India the Caribbean and even the United States. In fact the largest Muslim countries aren't even found on the Arabian peninsula or in the Middle East at all. The CIA factbook lists Indonesia, Pakistan, India and Bangladesh in that order as the largest Muslim countries Arabs make up a little less than 20 percent of the world's Muslim population.