Gulf Countries
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Historically, the spread of Hinduism outside India has been associated with conquest, missionary activities, emigration of traders, scholars, religious teachers, and diasporic settlements. There were thus a number of Hinduized colonies in Southeast Asia during the ancient and medieval periods giving rise to the idea of a “Greater India” …

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Prakash C. Jain and Kundan Kumar, “Gulf Countries”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 20 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012

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