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Indonesia and Java
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Islam reached the northern tip of Sumatra, the region of Atjen (Atchin), through the medium of merchants from Gujarat in the seventh/thirteenth century, but only spread widely through the Indonesian archipelago some two hundred years later, just before the arrival of the Portuguese. At that time the islands were very vaguely known to European cartographers, who had only al-Idrīsī and Polo to help them; and until well into the sixteenth century the Portuguese revealed the outlines only of certain…

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Kennedy, Hugh, “Indonesia and Java”, in: Historical Atlas of Islam, Edited by: Hugh Kennedy. Consulted online on 08 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_hai_HAI_65_66_67>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004122352, 20011210

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