I have been on the road for the past 2 months, traveling through Lebanon, Israel and Turkey, while working on bringing ArtSumo online. It's been quite an amazing experience getting to know the Muslim world a little better. While I half expected a welcome of "Death to America," I've found just the opposite - incredibly hospitable and welcoming people, eager to show you their culture. Further, I have found the places I was most nervous about visiting to be the most welcoming. Although I almost called off my visit to Lebanon after seeing footage of a "day of rage," I found the streets of Beirut to be super safe and the Lebanese to be the most hospitable. Across the board, I found that the Lebanese love to ask you where you're from, then give big smiles and repeat "welcome, welcome."
In addition to the hospitable people, one perk of visiting the muslim world has been getting to explore the numerous mosques on display everywhere. While some might call Istanbul the land of "one thousand staircases," its more common title, "the land of 1 thousand minarets," as a credit to the mosques on display throughout town, is probably more fitting.