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The entry of Islam into Indonesia has a long history, starting with Gujarat traders and then Arab and Persian traders. While trading they spread the teachings of Islam to their anchorage throughout Indonesia. Many also speculate that Islam entered Indonesia in the 7th or 8th century, because in that century there were Islamic villages around the Straits of Malacca. The history of the development of the entry of Islam in Indonesia cannot be separated from acculturation with local culture. Islamic teachings are welcomed by various cultures in the archipelago, or Java, which have been acculturated with Hindu, Buddhist, and ancestral traditions. The definition or understanding of acculturation is important to understand in this context, continuing with the initial process of the entry of Islamic teachings in the archipelago which eventually became the largest religion embraced by the Indonesian population. The result of acculturation of Islam with local culture in the archipelago that has existed before then produces something new and is a blend of these different cultures.