The Geopolitical Dimension
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The cultural borders of Islam—its "cultural faultlines"—span a broad part of the world. The arc of the Muslim world reaches from the Straits of Gibraltar east along the length of the Mediterranean, up through the Balkans, the Black Sea, across the Caucausus and southern Russia, down through Western China, across India. Most of the civilizations that border Islam are Christian, but not all—especially in East Asia, where Islam borders Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism, and in Africa, where it adjoins animist faiths viewed by Islamists as prime recruitment areas. Indonesians have felt pride in association with the rising power of Muslim oil states and seek a greater voice for Muslim states in international affairs. Thus solid grounds exist for the continued growth of Muslim solidarity, even though Indonesians do not identify with most of the chaotic, confrontational politics of the Arab world and feel themselves to be quite politically distinct with their own geopolitical interests.