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IslamisationComparative Perspectives from History$
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A. C. S. Peacock

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474417129

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474417129.001.0001

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Global Patterns of Ruler Conversion to Islam and the Logic of Empirical Religiosity

Global Patterns of Ruler Conversion to Islam and the Logic of Empirical Religiosity

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(p.21) 2 Global Patterns of Ruler Conversion to Islam and the Logic of Empirical Religiosity*
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Islamisation
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Alan Strathern

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474417129.003.0002

The first great expansion of Islam owed little to the conversion of rulers but instead followed, albeit slowly, in the footsteps of strikingly rapid military conquest. Yet, in the second millennium, Islam expanded further and faster by means of ruler conversions than its proselytising rivals, Christianity and Buddhism. The principal regions where this held true were Sub-Saharan Africa and maritime Southeast Asia, though Central Asia also saw numerous conversions of the Mongol and Turkic elites that poured into the region.1 This was the period, then, in which Islam broke out of its Mediterranean and West Asian base to penetrate new territories to the south and the far east of the old world.

Keywords:   Islam, Conversion, Religion, Empire

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