~Peaceful spread of Islam in Melanesia/Oceania
Violence checks the spread of a faith/ religion; so it is a misunderstanding that Islam spread with violence; it started without violence from Muhammad and spread without violence in many parts of the world. Muhammad did use sword and it was rational to defend himself against the Meccan invaders who attacked Medina in large numbers and with much resources. Islam never needed it; Islam’s brilliant teachings are sufficient to convince anybody for its natural spread.
This can well be observed from the following article:
Islam in Oceania
Islam in Oceania refers to Islam and Muslims in Oceania. Some countries in Oceania, notably Australia, have Islam as their third largest religion, after Christianity and Buddhism. By current estimates, there are 500,000 Muslims in Oceania ( 340 000 in Australia,36 000 in New Zealand, 62 500 in Fiji, 6 350 in New Caledonia, 2 000 in Papua New Guinea, 350 in Solomon islands, 200 in Vanuatu, 100 in Tonga, tiny numbers in Kiribati and Samoa. 
According to a 2007 article in Pacific Magazine, entitled 'Green Moon Rising', Islam has seen a substantial increase in adherents amongst the peoples of Vanuatu, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and New Caledonia. There have been thousands of indigenous converts to Islam in Melanesia.
There is also approximately 400 Muslims in Palau whose government recently allowed a few Uyghurs detained in Guantanamo Bay to settle in the island nation.
Islam has been in some parts of Oceania for at least 400 years (since the 1600s). When the people of Papua New Guinea and West Papua traded with China and the Malay empire, in the early 1600s, the presence of Islam was felt in Oceania for the first time. 
Other parts of Oceania hadn't felt the presence of Islam until the 1800s. For instance, the first Muslims in Fiji came when Muslim migrants came on a ship bringing indentured labourers to Fiji in 1879. Muslims consisted of 22% of the boarders on Leonidas, which was the first such ship.
So you are convinced; it is a reality , you had to.
I know for a fact that Oceania is FULL of Muslims!
(Psst.. Myownworld.. where the !@@#% is Oceania??)
I have no idea, but I bet you're going down with it! (have a feeling it's some kind of a ship or something...)
@ Par: thx, you have the patience of a saint! I wish you well in life...
Um... what's with all the 'peaceful' threads around Hp these days?
Somehow, I'm not convinced....
Melanesia is a subregion of Oceania extending from the western end of the Pacific Ocean to the Arafura Sea, and eastward to Fiji. The region comprises most of the islands immediately north and northeast of Australia. The name Melanesia (from Greek: μέλας black; νῆσος, islands) was first used by Jules Dumont d'Urville in 1832 to denote an ethnic and geographical grouping of islands distinct from Polynesia and Micronesia.
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