MUSLIM COUNTRIES AND GOVERNMENT ~ There is not a single Islamic government in the entire world; that is, one that was modeled purely after Muhammad’s example. The complex history of social dynamics in the Middle East and beyond has left almost all of the 55 countries with a Muslim majority with dictators or repressive regimes — despite the promise of the Arab Spring. The outcome of these regions’ history is at odds with basic Islamic teaching. In fact, the closest thing to an ideal structure for an Islamic government is probably the United States, as the American system of government embraces many of those rights and responsibilities put forward in the Quran.