Dutch and English are common second languages in Indonesia, but primarily only university-educated
people speak these languages with any fluency. In business and tourism these languages
are widely spoken as are other popular international languages, but in much smaller
About 85% of Indonesia's population is Muslim, making
it the largest Muslim country in the world in regards to number of adherents. Among
the last 15% of the population, about a third of them are Protestant Christian and
there are also smaller numbers of Roman Catholics and Hindis.
Islam (the name of the religion, whose followers are called Muslims) is a monotheistic
religion, whose holy book is called the Qur'an. The Qur'an is believed to
be the word of God spoken through the prophet Muhammad from 609-632 CE (Common Era
is preferred over AD (Anno Domini or "year of the Lord") since the Islamic
world doesn't believe Jesus was the messiah). Islam believes Muhammad was the
last prophet sent to earth by God, the last in a long line of prophets, which includes
Moses, Abraham, and Jesus among others.