Abdurrahman Wahid, (Abdurrahman ad-Dakhil Wahid), (born Sept. 7, 1940, died December 30, 2009), muslim president of Indonesia from 1999 to 2001, "gave Indonesia a chance to build religious tolerance, democracy and freedom. ... In only two years, he asserted civilian control over the military, revoked anti-Chinese legislation and encouraged press freedom. Most importantly, he condemned religious violence, argued strongly for a secular state and reached out to democracies around the world—including Israel." 
In 1984, as leader of Indonesia's largest Muslim organization, Nahdlatul Ulama, which had up to 40 million members, and later as president, he promoted rights of minorities, of non-Muslims and the ethnic Chinese.