Even during the Crusades Muslims had religious tolerance.
Former president Abdurrahman Wahid (Gus Dur) says during the Third Crusade in the 12th century Muslims and Christians had no hate for each other even while they were fighting, as evidenced in the relationship between the two opposing commanders, Saladin (Salahuddin) and King Richard the Lionheart.
Speaking in Kediri to a gathering of the Partai Kebangkitan Bangsa (PKB) Abdurrahman Wahid said Saladin once offered medical treatment to the injured Richard, because at that time Muslims were much advanced in the ways of medicine.
In the Ramla treaty of 1192, Wahid goes on, Muslim control of Jerusalem was formalised but Saladin agreed to allow Christian pilgrims to continue visiting the city.
Saladin was famous in Europe, and well respected, with much poetry and literature being written about him including Walter Scott's The Talisman in 1825.
At that time in history Muslims were full of tolerance but these days they lack it, said Wahid. He condemned the existence of radical and fanatic groups in the country and said he couldn't understand what they were afraid of. antara