The Eastward Journey of Muslim Kingship

Bruce B. Lawrence

in The Oxford History of Islam

Published in print December 1999 | ISBN: 9780195107999
Published online November 2007 |
 						 The Eastward Journey of Muslim Kingship

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This chapter discusses the expansion of Islam to South and Southeast Asia. The emergence of distinctive social patterns in South Asia has parallels, though not equivalents, in Southeast Asia. Muslim invaders from the northeast brought with them (or developed after their arrival) traits that have since characterized the Islamic experience in South Asia for much of its known history. Centuries later, Muslim traders, coming from Arabia and India, began to settle in significant numbers in the archipelago known today as Southeast Asia. They also professed and pursued Islamic loyalty, but in different circumstances, with disparate outcomes. The Muslim communities of South and Southeast Asia remain discrete and separate, both in the ideal norms they profess and in the day-to-day practices they pursue.

Keywords: Islam; Muslims; South Asia; Southeast Asia

Chapter.  12986 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture ; Islam

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