Arab Malaysians

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Arab Malaysians
Orang Arab Malaysia
اورڠ عرب مليسيا
Total population
520,000
Regions with significant populations
Kedah, Kelantan, Johor, Sabah, Sarawak
Languages
Malay, English, Arabic, other languages of Malaysia
Religion
Sunni Islam
Related ethnic groups
Hadhrami people, Arab Indonesians, Arab Singaporeans, Arab Filipinos, other people in the Arab diaspora, Malays, other ethnic groups in Malaysia and the Malay Archipelago

The Arab Malaysians (Malay: Orang Arab Malaysia; Jawi: اورڠ عرب مليسيا) consists of people of full or partial Arab descent (specifically Hadhrami, other Southern Arabian and Gulf Arab descent) who were born in or immigrated to Malaysia.

Arab traders had been visiting South East Asia since pre-Islamic times, as South East Asia was well connected via the Sea route to the markets of Arabia, Persia and onwards to the Roman Empire. These Arab traders came from all over the Arabian Peninsula, today comprising the nations of Oman, Yemen, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and other GCC nations. The earliest Arab Traders followed Arabian Christianity and other religions that had existed in Arabia before the advent of Islam. Islam was later introduced by Arab traders in Malaysia in the 7th and 8th centuries. Arab interest in Southeast Asia soared during the Islamic era, during which more Arab traders arrived to spread Islam. Many Arab migrants were incorporated into the royalty and assimilated into the local Malay culture rather than retaining their Arab identity.

The States of Kedah, Kelantan and Johor contain a high populations of people of mixed Malay and Arab ancestry. Like the Arab diaspora residing in nearby countries such as Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei and the Philippines, Arab Malaysians are assimilated into Malay culture and more-often don't consider themselves "Arab". This was a historical trend of Arab traders in Southeast Asia who quickly assimilated into the native Austronesian culture.

See also

Further reading

  • Ahmed Ibrahim Abushouk; Hassan Ahmed Ibrahim (2009). The Hadhrami Diaspora in Southeast Asia: Identity Maintenance Or Assimilation?. BRILL. pp. 45–. ISBN 90-04-17231-9.
  • Eric Tagliacozzo (1 January 2009). Southeast Asia and the Middle East: Islam, Movement, and the Longue Durée. NUS Press. pp. 105–. ISBN 978-9971-69-424-1.
  • Hussein Alatas (Syed) (January 1977). The Myth of the Lazy Native: A Study of the Image of the Malays, Filipinos and Javanese from the 16th to the 20th Century and Its Function in the Ideology of Colonial Capitalism. Psychology Press. ISBN 978-0-7146-3050-2.
  • Nawar Shora (2009). The Arab-American Handbook: A Guide to the Arab, Arab-American & Muslim Worlds. Cune Press. pp. 302–. ISBN 978-1-885942-47-0.
  • Keat Gin Ooi (1 January 2004). Southeast Asia: A Historical Encyclopedia, from Angkor Wat to East Timor. ABC-CLIO. pp. 170–. ISBN 978-1-57607-770-2.
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