Why the Śailendras were not a Javanese dynasty

  title={Why the Śailendras were not a Javanese dynasty},
  author={Roy E. Jordaan},
  journal={Indonesia and the Malay World},
  pages={22 - 3}
  • R. Jordaan
  • Published 1 March 2006
  • History
  • Indonesia and the Malay World
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