Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900

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Islam and Christianity in South-East Asia 1600-1700
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The current population of Southeast Asia is around 618 million, spread across 11 countries. An estimated 40% are Muslim, and 21% Christian. Although there are Muslim and Christian minorities in mainland Southeast Asia (Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam), it is in the island areas (Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Brunei and Timor Loro Sae) where Christianity and Islam are most strongly established. The 17th century was decisive in these developments, for it was during this period that Islam consolidated its hold over mos…

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Andaya, Barbara Watson, “Islam and Christianity in South-East Asia 1600-1700”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 22 October 2019 <>

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