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The Spread of Islam in China: 7th to Mid-17th Century
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Tang Dynasty (618–907 C.E.)

From the earliest days of Islam there have been Muslims living in China; Persian and Arab sea traders had been sailing to China's southeast coast for centuries before the birth of the Prophet Muḥammad. This maritime Silk Route, like its overland counterpart, has a long history dating back to the early centuries of the Common Era. Traders tak…

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Armijo-Hussein, Jacqueline, “The Spread of Islam in China: 7th to Mid-17th Century”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 27 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0008>
First published online: 2009

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