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Ad-Dimashqi writes in 1325, "the country of Champa... The Muslim religion came there during the time of Caliph Uthman...

and Ali, many Muslims who were expelled by the Umayyads and by Hajjaj, fled there".

Chams and Malays are the only sizable Austronesian peoples, that had settled in Iron Age Mainland Southeast Asia among the more ancient Austroasiatic inhabitants.

As mainland Southeast Asia had been populated on land routes by members of the Austroasiatic language family, such as the Mon people and the Khmer people around 5,000 years ago, the Chams were accomplished seafarers belonging to the Austronesian marine migrants, that from 4,000 years BP populated and soon dominated maritime Southeast Asia.

Acquisition of territory has not been the subject of concern.

They spoke the Cham language, a Malayo-Polynesian language of the Austronesian language family.A large Cham diaspora also established in Malaysia following the turbulence during the Pol Pot regime, where they were quickly assimilated with the local Malay population.Cham people represent the core of the Muslim communities in both Cambodia and Vietnam.Another significant figure from Champa in the history of Islam in Indonesia is Raden Rakhmat (Prince Rahmat) who's also known as Sunan Ampel, one of Wali Sanga (Nine Saints), who spread Islam in Java.He is considered as a focal point of the Wali Sanga, because several of them were actually his descendants and/or his students.

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