- Islam in Oceania
Islam in Oceania refers to
Islamand Muslimsin Oceania. Some countries in Oceania, notably Australia, have Islam as their third largest religion, after Christianityand Buddhism. By current estimates, there are 600,000 Muslims in Oceania. [ [http://www.islamicpopulation.com/oceania_general.html Muslim Population ] ]
Islam has been in some parts of Oceania for at least 400 hundred years (since the
1600s). When the people of Papua New Guineaand West Papuatraded with China and the Malay empire, in the early 1600s, the presence of Islam was felt in Oceania for the first time. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/country_profiles/3028825.stm BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Country profiles | Timeline: Papua New Guinea ] ]
Other parts of Oceania hadn't felt the presence of Islam until the 1800s. For instance, the first Muslims in
Fijicame when Muslim migrants came on a ship bringing indentured laborers to Fiji in 1879. Muslims consisted of 22% of the boarders on Leonidas, which was the first such ship.
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