Archaeological approaches to the study of Islam in Island Southeast Asia
By Peter Lape, Department of Anthropology, Box 353010, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington 98195, USA (Email:
Antiquity 79 (2005): 829–836
The Indonesian archipelago (Island Southeast Asia) now has the largest Muslim population in
the world. How, when and why did Islam arrive? Archaeological investigations show that the
conversion process was long and patchy with many forces at work.

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