Indonesia: Indonesia's moderate Islamists

Foreign Policy
Extremist Islamic scholars-and the madrasas (religious schools) where they teach—dramatically captured headlines in the West in the last year and eclipsed more moderate scholars.
In Indonesia, however, moderate Muslims have ceded neither political nor academic ground to the country's more conservative practitioners.

Indonesia is the world's largest Muslim nation, with some 200 million believers. And despite a long struggle between liberal and literalist Islamic forces, the moderates remain a force to be reckoned with. Unlike other Muslim-dominated countries such as Iran, Egypt, or Saudi Arabia, Indonesia boasts an engaged group of moderate Muslim academics and thinkers with senior positions in leading Islamic institutions.