Kedah’s Islamic conversion stories or gateways to its pre-Islamic past
Mozaffari-Falarti, Maziar (2009) Kedah’s Islamic conversion stories or gateways to its pre-Islamic past. In 2nd Singapore Graduate Forum on Southeast Asia Studies, 26–27 July 2007, Singapore.
Little is known about the early history, symbolism and indigenous political systems that existed prior to the arrival of Islam in Southeast Asia. What is known however about the early history and formation of settlements in the ‘Malay world’ is that they were predominantly based on the coast and river basins, and were often loosely unified. Furthermore, the majority of natives in these coastal settlements practiced an admixture of Hinduism, Buddhism (including Tantric beliefs), animism, and ancestor worship. Conversely another aspect unique to Southeast Asia was the near-divine attributes associated with the local rulers. In certain respects, the religious transformation of the Malays and their modes of conversion to Islam act as gateways, into the region’s past and at the same time set the scene for future Malay social and political systems. Hence in this paper I will attempt to explore Kedah’s historic conversion stories and the transformation to Islam. This I believe gives a better picture of the political, religious and social systems prior to the advent of Islam into the region. Moreover, this significant event at Kedah’s history enables us to better comprehend and deconstruct the forces involved in its political survival, as well as its ability to function as a regional economic powerhouse.
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|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
|Keywords:||Kedah, Hikayat Marong Mahawangsa, conversion, pre-Islam, Islam, Southeast Asian history, Malaysia, Naga, Hikayat, Arabia, Persia, Jataka, Ramayana, Shahnameh|
|Divisions:||Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2009 [please consult the author]|
|Deposited On:||20 Apr 2009 23:03|
|Last Modified:||09 Jun 2010 13:35|
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