You serious bro??It was never a monolithic "Muslim-Arab" shithole until recently in the 20th century when the West wrecked havoc on the area. In fact the Middle East has always been more religiously tolerant and diverse than the "Christian West".
It also became "very advanced" after the Muslim conquest. It was a Greek/Byzantine shithole before that.
You really need to brush up on your history before making a fool of yourself.
Paying some Jizya tax for protection makes it very advance?