Latest post on 2011/12/21 at 14:33:12
"Although Indonesia has a 90% Muslim population it is not an Islamic state. "
Thanks Izzy - that demonstrates my first point re difference between muslim majorty population vs sharia.
It's not a Muslim country then is it.... Country / state same thing!!! Which goes back to my original point that the UAE is a Muslim Country!!!
Country/state is same thing, correct.
Generally, academically, the definitions are:
Muslim country - a country where the majority of the population is muslim, but the governement is not islamic/sharia
Islamic country - country with an islamic/sharia government
The point was that it is impossible for Christmas to be a public holiday in a sharia country, but possible for it to be a public holiday in a country where the majority of the population is muslim. As you said - indonesia is a muslim country (90% population of muslims) and it has Christmas for a public holiday.