8. The Malay Archipelago
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|⁴²²In volume 2 | book 3, The Decline of Islamic Literature | Section 2, From the Conquest of Egypt by Sultan Selīm I in 1517 to the Napoleonic Expedition to Egypt in 1798

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From the sixteenth century onwards, Islam also came to the Malay people, seemingly from Malabar, among whom it soon won some of its most fervent adherents.1 Just as in Malabar, on the Sunda islands the Shāfiʿī rite is predominant, |⁵⁵⁶ while the rest of India followed Abū Ḥanīfa. Arabic fiqh and mysticism were carefully studied by the Malays, although only a few of them played a…

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Carl Brockelmann, “8. The Malay Archipelago”, in: Brockelmann in English: The History of the Arabic Written Tradition Online. Consulted online on 21 January 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2542-8098_breo_COM_232080>
First published online: 2017

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