BACKGROUND: Most Indonesians live below the poverty line. The economy is still largely agricultural, and many urban Indonesians work in factories. Indonesia is the largest Muslim country in the world, comprising 13 percent of the world’s Muslims. This Southeast Asian archipelago is three times the size of Texas and is made up of more than 13,000 islands, though only 922 are permanently inhabited.
MAJOR RELIGIONS: 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 minorities.
PERSECUTOR: The main persecutors in Indonesia are extremist groups and hardline Muslims, who in turn influence moderate Muslims. While the government does not persecute Christians, neither does it consistently defend their rights.