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        Early Islamic Influence in Asia

        In the seventh and eighth centuries of the common era, the Islamic religion was born in the Arabian peninsula and quickly expanded throughout the Near East, North Africa, and even Western Europe. Over the next few centuries, carried by Arab sailors and merchants, it continued to expand and reached into China, Vietnam, and as far as Indonesia. Today, Indonesia is the most populous of all Islamic countries; And the culture that has emerged in Islamic Indonesia is a unique blend of Islamic, Hindu, and general Southeast Asian cultural characteristics.

         

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        Islam in Indonesia

        This contemporary image of Muslims at prayer in Indonesia demonstrates the extent to which Islam has become a major part of life in this southeast Asian country.

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        Intl Commerce, Snorkeling Camels, and The Indian Ocean Trade | Crash Course World History #18

        John Green teaches you the history of the Indian Ocean Trade.

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        Muslim Population Map

        Learn about the density of Muslim populations with this world map from the WGBH production, Global Connections: The Middle East.

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        Islamic Art | Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

        This video segment from Religion and Ethics Newsweekly highlights the traveling exhibition "Palace and Mosque,” which features one of the most renowned Islamic art collections in the world.

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