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An Islamic State is not uncommon in the Middle East or in countries that are predominantly Muslim. Unfortunately, there has been an uprising of terrorist groups in the Middle East that call themselves an Islamic state. Terrorist groups that claim Islam are typically denied as being a legitimate Islamic state by practitioners of Islam worldwide. Islamic states with popular support from their people include Saudi Arabia and Iran. Countries that have recently made headlines for attempting to become an Islamic state are post-tsunami Jakarta and Indonesia. Countries like the United Arab Emirates consider themselves an Islamic state, but they do not rule the country as if it was under Sharia law.