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Indonesia

Country Profile

Language: Indonesian

Indonesia, where they speak Bahasa, is the most populous Muslim country in the world, composing 13 percent of the world’s Muslim population. There are five officially recognized faith categories in Indonesia: Islam, Hinduism, Catholic Christianity, Protestant Christianity and Buddhism. Confucianism/Daoism is also recognized. While most Indonesian Muslims practice an animistic version known as “folk” Islam, proponents of radical Islamic ideology have encouraged and engaged in violence against Christians. This strategy has led many Muslims to question their faith and to be more open to the gospel. Bold evangelists are taking advantage of this opportunity to share the gospel, leading many Muslims to faith in Christ. Indonesia is a majority Muslim country where many are proud to be Muslim, but few actually attend mosque or otherwise practice the religion. There are small Hindu, Buddhist and Christian minority groups. The main persecutors in Indonesia are extremist groups and hard-line Muslims, who in turn influence moderate Muslims. While the government does not normally persecute Christians, neither does it consistently defend their rights.