Earliest known records of Cham presence in Indochina date back to the second century CE.
Maritime trade was the essence of a prosperous economy as population centers around the river outlets along the coast controlled the import/export of continental Southeast Asia.
An additional 4,000 Chams live in Bangkok, Thailand, who had migrated during Rama I's reign.
Recent immigrants are mainly students and workers, who preferably seek work and education in the southern Islamic Pattani, Narathiwat, Yala, and Songkhla provinces.
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.
and Ali, many Muslims who were expelled by the Umayyads and by Hajjaj, fled there".
The Chams encountered Sunni Islam there as the Malacca Sultanate was officially Muslim since 1414.
The King of Champa then became an ally of the Johor Sultanate; in 1594, Champa sent its military forces to fight alongside Johor against the Portuguese occupation of Malacca.
Alabama became the latest state to ban Sharia law when voters overwhelmingly passed a measure adding an amendment to the state constitution.
CAIR said that the motion was “virulently racist” and “outright hostility towards Muslims.” Alabamans apparently didn’t care what they said.
Somali Muslims on welfare have demanded that their free food comply with “Islamic requirements”. So why is it that any time a state wants to ban Sharia from inside its boundaries, CAIR fights it and cries “Islamophobia”?