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The spread of Islam in India and Southeast Asia

Islam, Arshad (2014) The spread of Islam in India and Southeast Asia. In: The Arab influence on Indigenous Culture of Mappila Muslims, 28-29 October 2014, Kerala, India. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The ancient maritime trading links enabled by the seasonal monsoons between East Africa and China, via the Arabian, Indian and Southeast Asian ports, have played an important but overlooked role in the history of human civilization. The coastal regions of the Indian Ocean represent a cosmopolitan blend of social and cultural diversity enriched mainly by four different civilizations: the Perso-Arabic, the Indian, the Malayan, and the Chinese. Along with goods and technical and scientific knowledge, these trading routes functioned as a conduit for ideas and philosophies, including the religion of Islam. By the end of the seventh century the Arabs had settled in parts of Sri Lanka, and this was the beginning of Muslim penetration in South and Southeast Asia. The fragmentary evidence available reveals the existence of Muslim colonies in different parts of the Malay Archipelago before the mass conversion to Islam took place in the thirteenth century. A comparative study of South Asia and Southeast Asia is therefore essential to understand the eastern dissemination of Islam.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Keynote)
Additional Information: 1440/41154
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mappila Muslim, Arab, Kerala, Trade
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D111 Medieval History
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
V Naval Science > VM Naval architecture. Shipbuilding. Marine engineering
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of History & Civilization
Depositing User: Dr. Arshad Islam
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2015 16:27
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2018 11:43
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/41154

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