In this article, we will know in detail that what is the Muslim population in Indonesia. Indonesia is a vast country located in East Asia. The population of this country is about 270 million, it is the fourth most populous country in the world and the country with the largest Muslim population in the world. The capital of the country is Jakarta. Indonesia is a presidential republic with an elected legislature. It has 37 provinces, of which eight have special status. The country’s capital Jakarta is the second most populous urban area in the world.
What is the Muslim population in Indonesia
Currently, the Muslim population in Indonesia is over 230 million, which is 86.7% of the total population. Islam is the largest religion in Indonesia, with a Sunni majority (99%) of the 23 million Muslim population. Shias and Ahmadis make up 1% (1–30 lakh) and 0.2% (200,000–400,000) of the population, respectively. About 11% of Indonesians are Christians, while the rest are Hindus, Buddhists and others. Most Hindus are Balinese and most Buddhist Chinese are Indonesians. Indonesia is the most populous Muslim-majority country with approximately 230 million Muslim followers.
The trends of thought within Islam in Indonesia can be broadly classified into two orientations. The first is ‘modernism’, which closely follows orthodox theology while adopting modern education, and the second is ‘traditionalism’, which follows the interpretations of local religious leaders and religious teachers in Islamic boarding schools.
Islam in Indonesia is believed to have gradually spread through trading activities by Arab Muslim traders, local rulers, and the influence of Sufism. Today, although Indonesia has an overwhelmingly Muslim majority, it is not an Islamic state, but constitutionally a secular state whose government officially recognizes six formal religions.
Islamic schools and branches in Indonesia reflect Islamic principles and the activity of organizations operating in Indonesia. In terms of sect, Indonesia is a majority Sunni country with a minority of other sects such as Shia Islam and Ahmadiyyas.