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《Southeast Asian Studies》 2006-01
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Zheng He and Islam in Southeast Asia

Kong Yuanzhi (School of Foreign Language, Peking University, Beijing 100084, China)  
Zheng he was born in a Muslim family and participated in various Islamic activities in China. There have been a number of historical records and folk tales documenting Zheng He's activities of spreading Islam outside China. However, these activities could not be found in Chinese historical records. This paper intends to introduce relevant overseas literature in the context of the social background of Southeast Asian, and analyzes the possible reasons for very limited research on Zheng He's spreading Islam outside China. It argues that it is reasonably possible that Zheng He was involved in spreading Islam overseas during his seven voyages to the West. Despite that the overseas historical records remain to be verified more thoroughly, they provide valuable and helpful sources for comprehensive research on Zheng He's voyages to the West, particularly, their impact on the development of Islam in Southeast Asia. Provided that these historical records are genuine, the impact of Zheng He on Islam in Southeast A-sia can also constitute a component of the cultural exchange between China and Southeast Asian.
【CateGory Index】: B969.2
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