One In 10 Indonesian Muslims Back Violent Jihad; 20% Support Jihad Group By Robert Spencer
If the ten percent figure is correct, that’s (18,700,000) people who support jihad actions such as the Bali bombings, and nearly (37,400,000) who support Jemaah Islamiah. And that’s just those who are willing to tell a pollster something that they would know the government would not likely be happy to hear. Tiny Minority of Extremists Update from modern, moderate Indonesia: “One in 10 Indonesia Muslims back violent jihad-poll,” from Reuters, with thanks to Jeffrey Imm:
JAKARTA, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Around one in 10 Indonesian Muslims support jihad and justify bomb attacks on Indonesia’s tourist island of Bali as defending the faith, a survey released on Sunday showed.
Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous country, with 220 million people, 85 percent of whom follow Islam, giving the Asian archipelago the largest Muslim population of any nation in the world.
“Jihad that has been understood partially and practised with violence is justified by around one in 10 Indonesian Muslims,” the Indonesian Survey Institute said in a statement.
“They approved the bombings conducted … in Bali with the excuse of defending Islam,” it added, saying the percentage of such support “is very significant”.
While the vast majority of Indonesia’s Muslims are relatively moderate, there has been an increasingly vocal militant minority and political pressure for more laws that are in line with hardline Muslim teachings.
The poll surveyed a random sample of 1,092 Muslim men and women….
The survey found one in five Indonesian Muslims more generally supported the aims of Jemaah Islamiah — an armed movement backing the creation of an Islamic superstate linking Muslim Indonesia and Malaysia, and Muslim areas in the Philippines and Thailand.
In the past, it has cooperated closely with al Qaeda’s global anti-Western campaign, but in recent years many in Jemaah Islamiah have focused more on the regional struggle.
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