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Their buildings were probably built of wood, palm fronds and other perishable materials, which would have quickly decayed in the salt and wind of the tropical climate. Moreover, chiefs or headmen did not reside in elaborate stone palaces, nor did their religion require the construction of large temples or compounds.
Malabari seafaring culture led to the settlement of the Islands by Malayali seafarers. Their settlement marks a significant change in demographics and the development of the Indo-Aryan language Dhivehi language. Despite being just mentioned briefly in most history books, the 1,year-long Buddhist period has a foundational importance in the history of the Maldives.
It was during this period that the culture of the Maldives both developed and flourished, a culture which survives today. The Maldivian languagethe first Maldive scriptsthe architecture, the ruling institutions, the customs and manners of the Maldivians originated at the time when the Maldives were a Buddhist kingdom.
The ancient Maldivian Kings promoted Buddhismand the first Maldive writings and artistic achievements, in the form of highly developed sculpture and architecture, are from that period.
Nearly all archaeological remains in the Maldives are from Buddhist stupas and monasteries, and all artifacts found to date display characteristic Buddhist iconography.
Buddhist and Hindu temples were Mandala shaped, they are oriented according to the four cardinal points, the main gate being towards the east.
Local historian Hassan Ahmed Maniku counted as many as 59 islands with Buddhist archaeological sites in a provisional list he published in The importance of the Arabs as traders in the Indian Ocean by the 12th century may partly explain why the last Buddhist king of Maldives Dhovemi converted to Islam in the year oradopting the Muslim title of Sultan Muhammad al Adil, and initiating a series of six Islamic dynasties that lasted until when the sultanate became elective.
The formal title of the sultan up to was, Sultan of Land and Sea, Lord of the twelve-thousand islands and Sultan of the Maldives which came with the style Highness.
The person traditionally deemed responsible for this conversion inwas a Somali Muslim visitor named Abu'l Barakat al-Barbari also known as Aw Barkhadleaccording to the story told to Ibn Battutahwho goes on to say a mosque was built with the inscription: Others have it he may have been from the Persian town of Tabriz.
Built inthis is the oldest mosque in Maldives. Following the Islamic concept that before Islam there was the time of Jahiliya ignorancein the history books used by Maldivians the introduction of Islam at the end of the 12th century is considered the cornerstone of the country's history. Compared to the other areas of South Asia, the conversion of the Maldives to Islam happened relatively late.
The Maldives remained a Buddhist kingdom for another years after the conversion of Malabar Coast and Sindh—perhaps as the southwesternmost Buddhist country.
Arabic became the prime language of administration instead of Persian and Urduand the Maliki school of jurisprudence was introduced, both hinting at direct contacts with the core of the Arab world.
Middle Eastern seafarers had just begun to take over the Indian Ocean trade routes in the 10th century and found Maldives to be an important link in those routes as the first landfall for traders from Basra sailing to Southeast Asia.
Trade involved mainly cowrie shells —widely used as a form of currency throughout Asia and parts of the East African coast—and coir fiber. The Bengal Sultanatewhere cowrie shells were used as legal tender, was one of the principal trading partners of the Maldives.
The Bengal—Maldives cowry shell trade was the largest shell currency trade network in history. It stitched together and rigged the dhows that plied the Indian Ocean. Colonial period[ edit ] 18th-century map by Pierre Mortier of The Netherlands depicting with detail the islands of the Maldives In the Portuguese established a small garrison with a Viador Viyazoruor overseer of a factory trading post in the Maldives, which they administered from their main colony in Goa.
Their attempts to impose Christianity provoked a local revolt led by Muhammad Thakurufaanu Al-Azam and his two brothers, that fifteen years later drove the Portuguese out of Maldives. This event is now commemorated as National Day. In the midth century, the Dutch, who had replaced the Portuguese as the dominant power in Ceylonestablished hegemony over Maldivian affairs without involving themselves directly in local matters, which were governed according to centuries-old Islamic customs.
The British expelled the Dutch from Ceylon in and included Maldives as a British protected area. The status of Maldives as a British protectorate was officially recorded in an agreement in which the sultan accepted British influence over Maldivian external relations and defence while retaining home rule, which continued to be regulated by Muslim traditional institutions in exchange for an annual tribute.
The status of the islands was akin to other British protectorates in the Indian Ocean region, including Zanzibar and the Trucial States. In the British period the Sultan's powers were taken over by the Chief Minister, much to the chagrin of the British Governor-General who continued to deal with the ineffectual Sultan.
Consequently, Britain encouraged the development of a constitutional monarchyand the first Constitution was proclaimed in Getting Around Maldives. The best way to get around the Maldives is to walk. The capital city of Male' is about square miles, and whichever resort you .
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