Pakistani novelist and political commentator Mohsin Hamid says it would have been "incredible" if Obama had made his speech in Pakistan.
Obama makes his much-anticipated speech to the Muslim world in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday. Hamid says that though Cairo is an important and influential city for the Arab world, most of the world's Muslims live outside that region.
"People often forget that the majority of Muslims are not Arabs," he says. "Countries like Pakistan, Nigeria, Indonesia, Bangladesh all have more people than any Arab country.
"So, I think, this sort of Arab-centric ... view of Islam ... tends to misunderstand where the Muslim population lives and what the concerns of that population are."