Islam and Muslims is a survey of life from Morocco to Indonesia, looking at the ethnic and religious differences that characterize Muslims from the African to Arab and Asian worlds of Islam. The Muslim societies of the Middle East, Africa, and Asia are emerging from colonialism to reclaim their historic positions of importance, carving out ecomic, political, and ideological space for themselves in the global world of today. For decades the Western countries gave little attention to the developments across the Muslim world, as emerging countries were creating national infrastructures and ideologies. In the early 1990's, the collapse of the Soviet Union led to a new round of creation of Muslim nations in Central Asia. As Muslim nations across the world are maturing ecomically and politically, the struggle for their ideological future is being debated and fought. The re-emergence of this historic civilization has begun changing global culture and ecomy.