A Conversion Tale from Java, Indonesia, Anonymous

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This anonymous and undated tale forms part of a corpus of stories narrating the conversion efforts and successes of the wali sanga, the nine “saints” to whom tradition attributes the spread of Islam on Java. The conversion of the Indonesian archipelago was a gradual process, and there is little unambiguous evidence of its earliest stages. The walis are said to have lived in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and to have converted local people by way of their special powers, miracle working, and willingness to accommodate local culture. This tale was written down by A. M. Noertjahajo, who heard it
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationConversion to Islam in the Premodern Age: A Sourcebook
EditorsSimonsohn Yarbrough, Sahner Hurvitz
PublisherUniversity of California Press
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9780520296725
StatePublished - 2020

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