The latest iteration of a long-running hate campaign against Muslim-dominated countries began in early 2017, with the deadly mass shooting at a Quebec City mosque.
The attacks were widely reported in the United States, but the extent to which they were carried out by Muslims in other countries was rarely reported.
This month, the Associated Press reported that Muslim-populated countries had witnessed the greatest number of mass shootings in the world in 2016, with at least 100 attacks in five Muslim-ruled countries.
On Monday, the Guardian reported that Saudi Arabia, the country that houses the world’s largest Muslim population, had recorded nearly one-third of all the killings since the start of 2016.
The country was also the first Muslim-controlled country to pass legislation that allowed people to openly carry firearms outside of mosques, which critics have described as a threat to religious freedoms.
The latest statistics show that Saudi Arabian officials have said that the country’s vast population of about one billion Muslims is mostly peaceful, and the country does not plan to increase the number of people who carry guns.
The AP also reported that there have been no confirmed attacks on the Saudi Arabian royal family or Saudi citizens, despite the country being one of the most populous in the Middle East.
The Guardian also reported on how Saudi Arabia had banned the public display of the Saudi flag in the country for the past two years, following the death of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the current crown prince.
While the AP reported that the Saudi government was still planning to ban the flag in Saudi Arabia in 2017, the government had already taken the step of publicly stating that it would continue to allow the display of Saudi flags.
It is also unclear whether the Saudi ban on the flag was a response to the Saudi attack on a Coptic Christian church in Egypt in December 2017 that killed more than 100 people, or the Saudi execution of a prominent Muslim cleric in December.
The Saudi government has also repeatedly refused to release an annual report from the Interior Ministry that would detail the number and nature of its arrests, imprisonments, and deaths of alleged “terrorists.”
In 2017, Saudi Arabia’s Justice Ministry reportedly reported that 1,872 people had been sentenced to death for “inciting hatred against the Kingdom.”
Saudi Arabia is one of five countries where the number for religious crimes has risen to the highest level of any of the six listed countries.
The United States is not among the countries that have seen a rise in the number, though its religious crimes index is also increasing.
According to the Pew Research Center, the United Kingdom is the second most religiously peaceful country in the European Union, behind only Denmark.