Why did Indonesia and Malaysia become Muslim while the Philippines didn't?

Futurist

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Why did Indonesia and Malaysia become Muslim while most of the Philippines didn't?
 

kandal

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Aug 2015
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Islam was spreading across Philippines when the Spanish arrived. They stopped any further progress of Islam. They also reversed it in some areas.

If the Europeans had arrived in SE Asia just 100 years earlier than they really did, I doubt very much even Malaysia and Indonesia would be Muslim today.
 

Futurist

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Islam was just taking hold when the Spanish arrived
And without the Spanish, the Filipinos have become Muslims, correct?

Also, which other groups in Southeast Asia would have become Muslims without the Spanish and other Europeans?
 

Tulius

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And without the Spanish, the Filipinos have become Muslims, correct?

Also, which other groups in Southeast Asia would have become Muslims without the Spanish and other Europeans?
It was a possibility. The Islam was still growing when the Portuguese and then the Spanish arrived to Asia.

The Philippine “Moros” are named that way because of the “Moors”, “Moros” in Spanish, “Mouros” in Portuguese, the designation that them gave to all the Muslims.

East-Timor and the Philipines are the only two Asiatic countries with populations that are Catholic in their majority. Goa, in India, a colony until 1961 also had a majority/relevant percentage of Catholics in a region that was also having a Muslims grow in the 16th century.

And they were Portuguese and Spanish colonies. So it would be interesting to analyse if the arrival of the Portuguese delayed the growing of the Muslims in Asia. The arrival of the Spanish not that much, except in the Philipines/Borneo/Molucas since due to the treaty of Tordesilhas, and the later of Saragoça, they were limited in the region.
 

Devdas

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East-Timor and the Philipines are the only two Asiatic countries with populations that are Catholic in their majority. Goa, in India, a colony until 1961 also had a majority/relevant percentage of Catholics in a region that was also having a Muslims grow in the 16th century.
Growth of Islam in India's West Coast was stagnant in 16th century. The Novas Conquistas which Portuguese got in end of 18th century was predominantly Hindu majority. The people who were persecuted in during Goa Inquisition were mainly Hindus and some Jews who fled from mainland Portugal. If there had been no inquisition in Goa, hardly 2-3% of the population would have converted to Catholicism like the British India.