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 1. Acehnese as an Islamic language

The population of the Indonesian province of Aceh, located on the northernmost tip of the island of Sumatra, is estimated at 4.7 million (2005). Aceh was one of the first areas in Indonesia to become converted to Islam. By the end of the 13th century, Islam was established in North Sumatra, gradually spreading to oth…

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Edwin Wieringa, “Acehnese”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 19 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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