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Representations: Legends and Epics: Southeast Asia
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Intellectual impact of Islam in Southeast Asia

Hinduism and Buddhism are among the earliest religions practiced by the Malays in Southeast Asia. Neither religion, however, has been able to penetrate deeply into the intellectual activities of the Malays: no thinker or philosopher of note emerged during periods of Hinduism and Buddhism in the Malay world. Although Buddhism made its appearance from the fifth to the eleventh centuries i…

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Othman, Hussain, “Representations: Legends and Epics: Southeast Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 02 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0627e>
First published online: 2009

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