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Islam and Indigenous Australia - Encounter - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)


Islam and Indigenous Australia - Encounter - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation): Also in Australia's coastal far north, the pearl industry drove a further period of contact between Indigenous Australians and Muslims. In the late 19th century, so-called ‘Malays’ from South East Asia came to Australia to work as indentured labourers in the local pearl shelling trade. They formed part of a thriving industry that, by the early 1900s, had turned the West Australian town of Broome into the centre of the world pearl shell trade. Many of these Malays were also Muslims who, much like the Makassan trepang traders, intermarried with local Aborigines and brought with them Islamic religious and cultural practices.

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