Sufism in Southeast Asia: Reflections and Reconsiderations

  title={Sufism in Southeast Asia: Reflections and Reconsiderations},
  author={Anthony Hearle Johns},
  journal={Journal of Southeast Asian Studies},
  pages={169 - 183}
  • A. Johns
  • Published 1 March 1995
  • Geology
  • Journal of Southeast Asian Studies
In 1961 I published in this Journal a paper on the Islamization of peninsular and insular Southeast Asia. It was a paper I had presented to the first meeting of the conference of historians of Southeast Asia organized in January of that year at the University of Malaya in Singapore by the then Raffles Professor of History, K.G. Tregonning. It was a paper often referred to in discussions concerning the coming of Islam to the Malay world, and attracted its share of approbation and criticism. 

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