Indonesia - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Religious Practices

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Indonesia

POPULATION 231,328,092
MUSLIM 88.8 percent
PROTESTANT 5 percent
CATHOLIC 2.9 percent
HINDU 2.4 percent
BUDDHIST 0.7 percent
OTHER 0.2 percent

Indonesia

Country Overview

Officially the foundation of the Indonesian state and nation is based on a national ideology of Pancha Sila, the Five Principles. They are belief in one God; humanitarianism; national unity; democracy based on the people's sovereignty; and social justice. The 1945 constitution guarantees freedom of religion to every resident. The Indonesian government officially recognizes Islam, Protestantism, Catholicism, Hinduism, and Buddhism, observing most of the major holy days of these religions as national holidays.

Major Religion

History

Early in the eighth century C.E. Islam was taken to Indonesia by Persian and Arabian traders who landed on Indonesia's islands en route to India, Pakistan, and China. They established Muslim communities along the coasts, but the religion was not spread widely in the islands until the thirteenth century, when local rulers began to convert...

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