Islam in Southern Thailand: education and historical perspective

  • Abdul Azis Institut Agama Islam Darussalam (IAID) Ciamis, Indonesia
  • Haji Ahmad Salom Rajamangala University of Technology Krungthep (UTK), Bangkok, Thailand
  • Ujang Endang Institut Agama Islam Darussalam (IAID) Ciamis, Indonesia

Abstract

This article discusses the history and development of Islam in Southern Thailand. It is not known exactly when Islam entered to Southern Thailand. According to Azyumardi Azra, Islam entered Southern Thailand around the 10th or 11th century through trade routes because Pattani was allegedly an advanced region and quite strategic for a stopover. Muslims, at that time, not only controlled trade access across the peninsula but also had a central role in the administrative aspects of almost the entire Sukhotai kingdom. Political factors gave a new influence on the acceptance of Islam in Pattani, some people from the coast guard and aristocratic families made Islam as a political tool to strengthen their power. Another opinion revealed that Islam entered the southern region of Thailand long before the 10th century. Based on this, Islam could be accepted in the area through medical media. It is reported that the King was treated by a great Islamic scholar, Shaykh Sa'id, or Shaykh Safiyyuddin from Pasai

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Published
2020-10-15
How to Cite
Azis, A., Salom, H., & Endang, U. (2020). Islam in Southern Thailand: education and historical perspective. Religious Studies: An International Journal, 8(2), 89-106. Retrieved from http://fssh-journal.org/index.php/jrs/article/view/137