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Malaysia comprises West Malaysia (Peninsular Malaysia) and the states of Sarawak and Sabah on the island of Borneo (Indonesia). Indigenous bumiputras (“sons of the soil”) total some 65% of the population (28 million in 2008), comprising Malay and aboriginal peoples in West Malaysia, and Iban and other tribal groups in East Malaysia. Approximately 26% are of Chinese descent and 8% Indian. The coming of Islam is associated with South Indian traders and the sultanate of Melaka in the 14th century. The Portuguese conquest in 1511 further dispersed Islam in the re…

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Roxborogh, John, “Malaysia”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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