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ꨂꨣꩃ ꨌꩌꨛꨩ
Urang Campa
Danses Cham.jpg
Cham women performing a traditional dance in Nha Trang, Vietnam
Total population
Regions with significant populations
 United States3,000
Cham, Tsat, Vietnamese, Khmer
Predominantly Sunni Islam (Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, Southern Vietnam and Hainan, China) and Hinduism (Central Vietnam)
Minority Buddhism and Animism (Cambodia)
Related ethnic groups
Chvea, Utsuls and other Austronesian peoples
(especially Jarai, Rade, Acehnese)

The Chams or Champa people (Cham: ꨂꨣꩃ ꨌꩌꨛꨩ, Urang Campa;[4] Vietnamese: Người Chăm or Người Chàm; Khmer: ជនជាតិចាម, Chónchèat Cham) are an Austronesian ethnic group. From the 2nd to the mid-15th century the Chams populated Champa, a contiguous territory of independent principalities in central and southern Vietnam. They spoke the Cham language and the Tsat language (the former is still spoken by the Cham, and the latter is spoken by their Utsul descendants, on China’s Hainan Island),[5] two Chamic languages from the Malayo-Polynesian group of the Austronesian family. Chams and Malays are the only sizable Austronesian peoples that settled in Iron Age mainland Southeast Asia among the more ancient Austroasiatic inhabitants.[6]

Traditional Cham woman clothes
Traditional Cham woman clothes


Historical extent of the Kingdom of Champa (in green) around 1100 CE
Historical extent of the Kingdom of Champa (in green) around 1100 CE
Depiction of fighting Cham naval soldier against the Khmer, stone relief at the Bayon
Depiction of fighting Cham naval soldier against the Khmer, stone relief at the Bayon

For a long time, researchers believed that the Chams had arrived by sea in the first millennium BC from Malaysia and Indonesia (Sumatra and Borneo), eventually settling in central modern Vietnam.[7]

The original Chams are therefore the likely heirs of Austronesian navigators from South Asia, whose main activities are commerce, transport and perhaps also piracy. Without having formed a thalassocracy leaving traces in written sources, they invested the ports at the start of important trade routes linking India, China and Indonesian islands, then, in the 2nd century, they founded the kingdom of Champa, which was gradually absorbed by Vietnam.

Patterns, chronology of migration remain debated and it is assumed, that the Cham people, the only Austronesian ethnic group originated from South Asia, arrived later in peninsular Southeast Asia via Borneo.[8][9] 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 Cham were accomplished Austronesian seafarers, that from centuries populated and soon dominated maritime Southeast Asia.[10] Earliest known records of Cham presence in Indochina date back to the second century CE. Population centers around the river outlets along the coast controlled the import/export of continental Southeast Asia, therefore maritime trade was the essence of a prosperous economy.[11][12][13]

Cham folklore includes a creation myth in which the founder of the first Cham polity was a certain Lady Po Nagar. Coming from a humble peasant origin somewhere in the Dai An Mountains, Khánh Hòa Province, spirits assisted her as she traveled to China on a floating log of sandalwood where she married a man of royalty and had two children. She eventually returned to Champa "did many good deeds in helping the sick and the poor" and "a temple was erected in her honor".[14][15]

Early history

The Cham decorated their temples with stone reliefs depicting the gods such as garuda fighting the nāga (12th-13th century CE)
The Cham decorated their temples with stone reliefs depicting the gods such as garuda fighting the nāga (12th-13th century CE)

Like countless other political entities of Southeast Asia, the Champa principalities underwent the process of Indianization since the early common era as a result of centuries of socio-economic interaction adopted and introduced cultural and institutional elements of India. From the 8th century onward Muslims from such regions as Gujarat began to increasingly appear in trade and shipping of India. Islamic ideas became a part of the vast tide of exchange, treading the same path as Hinduism and Buddhism centuries before. Cham people picked up these ideas by the 11th century. This can be seen in the architecture of Cham temples, which shares similarities with the one of the Angkor Temples. Ad-Dimashqi writes in 1325, "the country of Champa... is inhabited by Muslims and idolaters. The Muslim religion came there during the time of Caliph Uthman... and Ali, many Muslims who were expelled by the Umayyads and by Hajjaj, fled there".[citation needed]

The Daoyi Zhilüe records that at Cham ports, Cham women were often married to Chinese merchants, who frequently came back to them after trading voyages.[16][17][18] A Chinese merchant from Quanzhou, Wang Yuanmao, traded extensively with Champa and married a Cham princess.[19]

In the 12th century, the Cham fought a series of wars with the Khmer Empire to the west. In 1177, the Cham and their allies launched an attack from the lake Tonlé Sap and managed to sack the Khmer capital. In 1181, however, they were defeated by the Khmer King Jayavarman VII.

Encounter with Islam

Depiction of Cham people in the Boxer Codex from 1590
Depiction of Cham people in the Boxer Codex from 1590

Islam first arrived in Champa around the ninth century, however, it did not become significant among the Cham people until after the eleventh century.[20]

Cham who migrated to Sulu were Orang Dampuan.[21] Champa and Sulu engaged in commerce with each other which resulted in merchant Chams settling in Sulu where they were known as Orang Dampuan from the 10th-13th centuries. The Orang Dampuan were slaughtered by envious native Sulu Buranuns due to the wealth of the Orang Dampuan.[22] The Buranun were then subjected to retaliatory slaughter by the Orang Dampuan. Harmonious commerce between Sulu and the Orang Dampuan was later restored.[23] The Yakans were descendants of the Taguima-based Orang Dampuan who came to Sulu from Champa.[21] Sulu received civilization in its Indic form from the Orang Dampuan.[24]

A number of Cham also fled across the sea to the Malay Peninsula and as early as the 15th century, a Cham colony was established in Malacca. 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.[25] Between 1607 and 1676, one of the Champa kings converted to Islam and it became a dominant feature of Cham society. The Chams also adopted the Jawi alphabet.[26]

Historical records in Indonesia showed the influence of Queen Dwarawati, a Muslim princess from the kingdom of Champa (Chams), toward her husband, Kertawijaya, the Seventh King of Majapahit Empire, so that the royal family of the Majapahit Empire eventually converted to Islam, which finally led to the conversion to Islam of the entire region.[27][28][29] Chams Princess tomb can be found in Trowulan, the site of the capital of the Majapahit Empire.[30] In Babad Tanah Jawi, it is said that the king of Brawijaya V has a wife named Dewi Anarawati (or Dewi Dwarawati), a Muslim daughter of the King of Champa (Chams).[27][28][29] Chams had trade and close cultural ties with the maritime kingdom of Srivijaya, and Majapahit then in the Malay Archipelago.

Another significant figure from Champa in the history of Islam in Indonesia is Raden Rakhmat (Prince Rahmat) who's also known as Sunan Ampel, one of Wali Sanga (Nine Saints), who spread Islam in Java. He is considered as a focal point of the Wali Sanga, because several of them were actually his descendants and/or his students. His father is Maulana Malik Ibrahim also known as Ibrahim as-Samarkandy ("Ibrahim Asmarakandi" to Javanese ears), and his mother is Dewi Candrawulan, a princess of Champa (Chams) who's also the sister of Queen Dwarawati. Sunan Ampel was born in Champa in 1401 CE. He came to Java in 1443 CE, in order to visit his aunt Queen Dwarawati, a princess of Champa who married to Kertawijaya (Brawijaya V), the King of Majapahit Empire.[27][28][29] Local legend says that he built the Great Mosque of Demak (Masjid Agung Demak) in 1479 CE, but other legends attribute that work to Sunan Kalijaga. Sunan Ampel died in Demak in 1481 CE, but is buried in Ampel Mosque at Surabaya, East Java.[31]

Wars with Vietnam

Between the rise of the Khmer Empire around 800 and the Vietnamese people's territorial push south from Jiaozhi and, later, Đại Việt, Champa began to shrink. At a disadvantage against Vietnam's army of 300,000 troops, the Chams 100,000 were no match.[32] In the Cham–Vietnamese War (1471), Champa suffered serious defeats at the hands of the Vietnamese, in which 120,000 people were either captured or killed, and the kingdom was reduced to a small enclave near Nha Trang with many Chams fleeing to Cambodia.[33][25] Champa was no longer a threat to Vietnam, and some were even enslaved by their victors.[34]

The Cham were matrilineal and inheritance passed through the mother.[35] Because of this, in 1499 the Vietnamese enacted a law banning marriage between Cham women and Vietnamese men, regardless of class.[36](Tạ 1988, p. 137)[37][38][39] The Vietnamese also issued instructions in the capital to kill all Chams within the vicinity.[40] More attacks by the Vietnamese continued and in 1693 the Champa Kingdom's territory was integrated as part of Vietnamese territory.[41]

The trade in Vietnamese ceramics was damaged due to the plummet in trade by Cham merchants after the 1471 Vietnamese invasion of Champa.[42] Vietnam's export of ceramics was also damaged by its internal civil war, the Portuguese and Spanish entry into the region and the Portuguese conquest of Malacca which caused an upset in the trading system, while the carracks ships in the Malacca to Macao trade run by the Portuguese docked at Brunei due to good relations between the Portuguese and Brunei after the Chinese permitted Macao to be leased to the Portuguese.[43]

When the Ming dynasty in China fell, several thousand Chinese refugees fled south and extensively settled on Cham lands and in Cambodia.[44] Most of these Chinese were young males, and they took Cham women as wives. Their children identified more with Chinese culture. This migration occurred in the 17th and 18th centuries.[45]

Chams participated in defeating the Spanish invasion of Cambodia. Cambodian king Cau Bana Cand Ramadhipati, also known als 'Sultan Ibrahim', launched the Cambodian–Dutch War to expel the Dutch. The Vietnamese Nguyen Lords toppled Ibrahim from power to restore Buddhist rule.

In the 1700s and 1800s, Cambodian-based Chams settled in Bangkok.[46]

Fall of the Champa kingdom

Further expansion by the Vietnamese in 1720 resulted in the total annexation of the Champa kingdom and dissolution by the 19th century Vietnamese Emperor, Minh Mạng. In response, the last Champa Muslim king, Pô Chien, gathered his people in the hinterland and fled south to Cambodia, while those along the coast migrated to Trengganu (Malaysia). A small group fled northward to the Chinese island of Hainan where they are known today as the Utsuls. Their refuge in Cambodia where the king and his people settled and were scattered in communities across the Mekong Basin. Those who remained in the Nha Trang, Phan Rang, Phan Rí, and Phan Thiết provinces of central Vietnam were absorbed into the Vietnamese polity. Cham provinces were seized by the Nguyen Lords.[47]

After Vietnam invaded and conquered Champa, Cambodia granted refuge to Cham Muslims escaping from Vietnamese conquest.[48]

In 1832 the Vietnamese Emperor Minh Mang annexed the last Champa Kingdom. This resulted in the Cham Muslim leader Katip Suma, who was educated in Kelantan, declaring a Jihad against the Vietnamese.[49][50][51][52] The Vietnamese coercively fed lizard and pig meat to Cham Muslims and cow meat to Cham Hindus against their will to punish them and assimilate them to Vietnamese culture.[53]

20th century

Flag of the FLC – Front de Libération du Champa, which was active during the Vietnam War
Flag of the FLC – Front de Libération du Champa, which was active during the Vietnam War

In the 1960s various movements emerged calling for the creation of a separate Cham state in Vietnam. The Liberation Front of Champa (FLC – Le Front pour la Libération de Cham) and the Front de Libération des Hauts plateaux dominated. The latter group sought greater alliance with other hill tribe minorities. Initially known as "Front des Petits Peuples" from 1946 to 1960, the group later took the designation "Front de Libération des Hauts plateaux" and joined, with the FLC, the "Front unifié pour la Libération des Races opprimées" (FULRO) at some point in the 1960s. Since the late 1970s, there has been no serious Cham secessionist movement or political activity in Vietnam or Cambodia.

During the Vietnam War, a sizable number of Chams migrated to Peninsular Malaysia, where they were granted sanctuary by the Malaysian government out of sympathy for fellow Muslims; most of them have now assimilated with Malay cultures.[41]

The Cham community suffered a major blow during the Democratic Kampuchea. The Khmer Rouge targeted ethnic minorities like Chinese, Thai, Lao, Vietnamese and Cham people, though the Cham suffered the largest death toll in proportion to their population. Around 80,000 to 100,000 Cham out of a total Cham population of 250,000 people in 1975, died in the genocide.[54][55][56]

21st century

Young Cham girl in Châu Đốc
Young Cham girl in Châu Đốc

National Geographic article

In a National Geographic article in June 2014,[57][58][59] the journalist Adam Bray claimed that the Vietnamese government feared that evidence of Champa's influence over the disputed area in the South China Sea would bring international attention to human rights violations and killings of ethnic minorities in Vietnam. These events were said to have occurred in the 2001 and 2004 uprisings, leading to the issue of Cham autonomy being brought into the dispute. The Vietnamese conquered Cham people in a war in 1832, and Bray claims the Vietnamese are destroying all evidence of Cham culture and artifacts, desecrating Cham temples, and establishing buildings and farms over religious sites. Bray claimed further that the Vietnamese had banned Cham religious practices, and had deleted references (in history books and tourist guides) to the Cham capital of Song Luy, destroyed in the 1832 invasion. Compared to ethnic Vietnamese, the living conditions of Cham are said to be far worse, as they lack water and electricity and have to live in mud houses.

Mistreatment of the Cham

Cham Muslims in Cambodia
Cham Muslims in Cambodia

The Cham in Vietnam are officially recognized by the Vietnamese government as one of 54 ethnic groups. However, according to the Cham advocacy group International Office of Champa (IOC-Champa) and Cham Muslim activist Khaleelah Porome, both Hindu and Muslim Chams have experienced religious and ethnic persecution and restrictions on their faith under the current Vietnamese government, with the Vietnamese state confisticating Cham property and forbidding Cham from observing their religious beliefs. Hindu temples were turned into tourist sites against the wishes of the Cham Hindus. In 2010 and 2013 several incidents occurred in Thành Tín and Phươc Nhơn villages where Cham were murdered by Vietnamese. In 2012, Vietnamese police in Chau Giang village stormed into a Cham Mosque, stealing the electric generator.[60] Cham Muslims in the Mekong Delta have also been economically marginalized, with ethnic Vietnamese settling (with state support) on land previously owned by Cham people.[61]

A Cambodian Cham Muslim dissident, Hassan A Kasem, a former military helicopter pilot who was both persecuted and imprisoned by the Khmer Rouge and was against Vietnamese occupation of Cambodia, denounced Vietnam as trying to position itself as the savior of Cambodia from Khmer Rouge rule and wrote that Vietnam has deceived the west into thinking of it as a "magnanimous liberator" when it invaded Cambodia and ousted the Khmer Rouge when in fact Vietnam used the war to benefit its own interests such subjecting Cambodian financial assets and national treasures to pillaging and theft, settling border disputes to its own advantage, trying to destroy Cambodian nationalist feeling against Vietnam, benefiting from the mostly Khmer on Khmer violence by the Khmer Rouge and setting up its own Communist puppet government to rule Cambodia, the Cambodia People's Party (CPP) with Vietnamese soldiers secretly remaining behind in Cambodia to prop up the puppet government and Vietnamese officials pretending to be Khmer continuing to direct the government as their puppet.[62] The Cham activist organisation "International Office of Champa" republished Hassan's article on their website Cham Today.[63]

However, Hassan A Kasem has several contradictory statements. It is widely accepted that Pol Pot was responsible for instigating the Cambodian Famine and Genocide of Cambodian Intellectuals, and was only initially backed by the Vietnamese Communist Government, but was primarily backed by the Chinese Communist Government. Additionally, the Vietnamese occupation of Cambodia, depending on what sources are utilised, has primarily been described as an invasion, but may also be seen as a liberation of Cambodia from Pol Pot's genocidal rule.

An attempt at Salafist expansion among the Cham in Vietnam has been halted by Vietnamese government controls, however, the loss of the Salafis among Chams has been to be benefit of Tablighi Jamaat.[64]

The Muslim Acehnese people of Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia, are the descendants of Cham refugees who fled after defeat by the Vietnamese polity in the 15th century.[4][65]


Map of the distribution of the Cham in southeast Asia today
Map of the distribution of the Cham in southeast Asia today

Cham people represent the core of the Muslim communities in both Cambodia and Vietnam. Their contemporary population is concentrated between the Kampong Cham Province in Cambodia and Phan Rang–Tháp Chàm, Phan Thiết, Ho Chi Minh City and An Giang Province in Southern Vietnam. Including the diaspora, their total is about 400,000. An additional 4,000 Chams live in Bangkok, Thailand, whose ancestors migrated there during Rama I's reign. Recent immigrants to Thailand are mainly students and workers, who preferably seek work and education in the southern Islamic Pattani, Narathiwat, Yala and Songkhla provinces.[66][67][68]

After the fall of Saigon in Vietnam and Phnom Penh in Cambodia in 1975, 9,704 Cham refugees made their way to Malaysia and were allowed to stay, unlike 250,000 other refugees that fled to Malaysia. Most of the Cham refugees came from Cambodia and were Muslims, known as Melayu Kemboja and Melayu Champa in Malay. Many of these Cham refugees chose to settle in Malaysia, as they preferred to live in an Islamic country and had family ties in the Malaysian states of Kelantan and Terengganu. Kelantan served as a center of Islamic teachings for Chams in Cambodia for three to four centuries and many Cambodian Chams had relatives living there, subsequently many Chams chose to settle in Kelantan. By 1985, around 50,000 or more Chams were living in Malaysia. As of 2013, many have been integrated into Malaysian society.[69]


While historically complicated, the modern Chams of Cambodia and Vietnam have had friendly relationships with the Khmer and Vietnamese majority. Despite ethnic and religious differences, the majority people of Cambodia and Vietnam have accepted the Cham as closer to them than other minorities.[20] Some Muslim Cham report a friendly attitude of both Cambodians and Vietnamese toward the Chams and little harassment against them from locals.[70] However, between government and people, it is difficult to categorize. According to Cham human rights activists, the Vietnamese regime, the fears of historical influence has evolved into suppression of Islam among Muslims Chams. For example, there is an unofficial ban on distributing the Quran and other Islamic scripture.[71] Meanwhile, due to Vietnam's growing relations with Muslim states like Indonesia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey and Egypt, the regime discourages growth of Islam because the Vietnamese government distrusts the Cham Muslims.[72]

"Relations between the Hanoi government and ethnic minorities are sensitive. In 2001 and 2004 massive human rights protests by hill tribes resulted in deaths and mass imprisonments. For some time after that, the Central Highlands were sealed off to foreigners."[73]

The Vietnamese Muslim Association is the official association representing Muslim interests, including the Chams, in the country. The Cambodian Islamic Association is the official representation of Cambodian Muslims of Cham ethnicity. The Hindus are also represented from various Cham and Indian organizations across both countries.[citation needed]


The Cham culture is diverse and rich because of the combination of indigenous cultural elements (plains culture, maritime culture, and mountain culture) and foreign cultural features (Indian cultures and religions such as Buddhism; early Han Chinese influences; Islam) (Phan Xuan Bien et al. 1991:376). The blend of indigenous and foreign elements in Cham culture is a result of ecological, social, and historical conditions. The influences of various Indian cultures produced similarities among many groups in Southeast Asia such as the Cham, who traded or communicated with polities on the Indian subcontinent. However, the indigenous elements also allow for cultural distinctions. As an example, Brahmanism became the Ahier religion, while other aspects of influence were changed, to adapt to local Ahier characteristics and environment. The blending of various cultures has produced its own unique form through the prolific production of sculptures and architecture only seen at the Champa temple tower sites.[citation needed] The Champa temples provide a wealth of information about Cham history, art, and construction techniques, through analysis and interpretation of architecture, styles, and inscriptions.[citation needed]

The Cham shielded and always observed their girls attentively, placing great importance on their virginity. A Cham saying said "As well leave a man alone with a girl, as an elephant in a field of sugarcane."[74]

The Cham Muslims view the karoeh (also spelled karoh) ceremony for girls as very significant. This symbolic ceremony marks the passage of a girl from infancy to puberty (the marriageable age), and usually takes place when the girl is aged fifteen and has completed her development.[75] If it has not taken place, the girl cannot marry since she is "tabung". After the ceremony is done the girl can marry. Circumcision to the Cham was less significant than karoeh.[76] It is not practiced, only symbolic and performed with a toy wooden knife.

Important festivals include Kate, celebrated mainly by the Cham of central Vietnam. The festival venerates ancient Cham royalty gods. Among Cham Muslims, Ramadan, El Fitri, and the Hajj are important celebrations. However, the Cham (regardless of faith) all have a very rich tradition of dance, arts, music, costumes, poetry, and more.


The Cham language is part of the Austronesian language family. Cham is very rich with many loan words and terminology influenced by many other languages it came into contact with. Most Cham speak the language though many also speak the dominant language of the nation they reside in like Vietnamese, Khmer, Malay and others. Some Cham can also speak and write Arabic.[20]

Cham is written in Cham script in Central Vietnam while the language is written in Arabic script around the Mekong Delta.[20]


The temples at Mỹ Sơn are one of the holiest of Cham sites
The temples at Mỹ Sơn are one of the holiest of Cham sites

The first recorded religion of the Champa was a form of Shaiva Hinduism, brought by sea from India. Hinduism was the predominant religion among the Cham people until the sixteenth century. Numerous temples dedicated to Shiva were constructed in the central part of what is now Vietnam. The jewel of such temple is Mỹ Sơn. It is often compared with other historical temple complexes in Southeast Asia, such as Borobudur of Java in Indonesia, Angkor Wat of Cambodia, Bagan of Myanmar and Ayutthaya of Thailand. As of 1999, Mỹ Sơn has been recognised by UNESCO as a world heritage site.

Religiously and culturally, the Chams were grouped into two major religio-cultural groups; the Balamon Chams that adhere to an indigenized form of Hinduism, and Bani Chams that adhere to an indigenized form of Islam. The term "Balamon" derived from "Brahman" or "Brahmin", one of Hindu caste of religious elite. The term "Bani" on the other hand is derived from Arabic term "bani" (بني) which means "people". Balamon Chams adhere to the old religion of their ancestor, an indigenized form of Hinduism that thrived since the ancient era of Kingdom of Champa in 5th century CE, whereas Bani Chams are Muslims that converted to Islam as early as around the 11th–13th century. However, it was not until 17th century that Islam began to attract large numbers of Chams, when some members of the Cham royalty converted to Islam. These two groups mostly live in separate villages. Intermarriage was prohibited in former times, and remains rare even nowadays. Both groups are matrilineal and conform to matrilocal residence practice.[77]

Inside Cham temple in Nha Trang
Inside Cham temple in Nha Trang

As Muslim merchants of Arab and of Persian origin stopped along the Vietnam coast en route to China, Islam began to influence Cham civilization. The exact date that Islam came to Champa is unknown; however, the religion first arrived around the ninth century.[20] It is generally assumed that Islam came to mainland Southeast Asia much later than its arrival in China during the Tang dynasty (618–907) and that Arab traders in the region came into direct contact only with the Cham and not others. Islam began making headway among the Chams beginning in the eleventh century. The version of Islam practiced by the Vietnamese Chams in Central Vietnam is often called Bani which contains many pre-Islamic beliefs and rituals such as magic, spirit worship, and propitiation of the souls of former kings, something mistaken to Hinduism. Cambodian and Southern Vietnamese Muslim Chams practice Sunni Islam though it has many indigenous, magical and Buddhist elements to it; while some practice a more centralized form of Sunni Islam and some reformist movements like Salafism can also be found.[20]

A syncretic form of Islam that blends indigenous practices of matriarchy, ancestor veneration and Hinduism is practiced by the Cham Bani, who predominantly live in Vietnam's Bình Thuận and Ninh Thuận Provinces.[78] The Cham Bani worship in thang magik, the main communal setting for rituals.[78] They also celebrate the month of Ramuwan (Ramadan), during which ancestors are called to return home for veneration, and the acar (priests) stay at the thang magik for one month and adhere to a vegetarian diet.[78]

However, a small band of Chams, who called themselves Kaum Jumaat, follow a localized adaptation of Islamic theology, according to which they pray only on Fridays and celebrate Ramadan for only three days. However, some members of this group have joined the larger Muslim Cham community in their practices of Islam in recent years. One of the factors for this change is the influence by members of their family who have gone abroad to study Islam.


The approximately 60,000 Cham Hindus, called Balamon Cham or Balamon Hindu,[79] do not have a strict caste system, although previously they may have been divided between the Nagavamshi Kshatriya[80] and the Brahmin castes, the latter of which would have represented a small minority of the population.[81] Hindu temples are known as Bimong in Cham language, but are commonly referred to as tháp "stupa", in Vietnamese. The priests are divided into three levels, where the highest rank are known as Po Adhia or Po Sá, followed by Po Tapáh and the junior priests Po Paséh. In Ninh Thuận, where many of the Cham in Vietnam reside, Cham Balamon (Hindu Cham) number 44,000 while Cham Bani (Muslim Cham) number close to 31,000. Out of the 34 Cham villages in Ninh Thuận, 23 are Balamon Hindu, while 11 are Bani or Muslim.[82] In Binh Thuan province, Balamon number close to 25,000 and Bani Cham around 10,000. There are four pure Cham villages and nine mixed villages in Bình Thuận Province.[83] The Hinduism practiced by these Cham also has many elements of indigenous beliefs like the inclusion of Po Inu Nagar, a mother goddess figure.[20]

The majority of Chams in Vietnam (also known as the Eastern Chams) are Hindu mostly live in Central Vietnam, while Southern Vietnam's Chams and their Cambodian counterparts are largely Muslim, as Islamic conversion happened relatively late.[84][85] A smaller number of the Eastern Cham also follow Mahayana Buddhism. A number emigrated to France in the late 1960s during the Vietnam War.


Cham Saraman curry
Cham Saraman curry

Nowadays, Cham cuisine is classified as one of the ethnic cuisines of Cambodia, Vietnam and Hainan.

Cham cuisine is diversified and is distinguished by the food prohibitions in two of the main religions practised by Chams: Hindus not eating beef, and Muslims not eating pork, while Buddhists cook both of these two types of meat.

The typical Cham meal consists of plain or fried jasmine rice, served with a broth soup, grilled meat and vegetables, steamed dishes, stews, curry and salad. Desserts are only eaten at snack time or during traditional festivals. Fresh fruits are preferred at the end of the meal, as for all Southeast Asian peoples. Some notable Cham dishes:

  • Saraman curry (Khmer: ការីសារ៉ាម៉ាន់, cari saraman) is a beef, lamb or goat curry with Cham curry paste (consisting of coriander seeds and root, cumin seeds, star anise, cloves, green cardamoms, cinnamon, dried red chillis, caraway seeds, lemongrass, shallots, garlic, galangal, kaffir lime zest, turmeric, grated coconut dry roasted); coconut milk; palm sugar; shrimp paste; fish sauce; tamarind juice and roasted cashews or peanuts. Served with crudités or grilled vegetables and steamed Cambodian jasmine rice, rice vermicelli or baguettes.
  • Har pak (Khmer: ហាបាក); a flower-shaped braided donut made during Cham ceremonies, translated into nom phka cham (នំផ្កាចាម).

Notable Chams

In accordance with Cham custom, the surname is followed by the given name.

  • Po Tisuntiraidapuran :
  • Les Kosem : Cambodian-Cham activist leader in FULRO
  • Po Dharma : Vietnamese-Cham activist leader of FULRO, he was also a Cham cultural historian
  • Sos Math : Cambodian-Cham singer, songwriter from the 1950s to the 1970s ; his son Sos Mach is also a popular singer from the 90's still today
  • Has Salan : Cambodian-Cham classical violinist, composer & actor from the 1950s to 1970s
  • Musa Porome : Cham rights activist
  • Maha Sajan : King of Champa
  • Amu Nhan : expert on Cham music
  • Po Binasuor : the last strong King of Champa
  • Ahmad Tony : Cham Extreme Razor Scooter Champion
  • Chế Linh : Vietnamese-Cham singer
  • Dang Nang Tho : Vietnamese-Cham sculptor and director of Cham Cultural Center, Phan Rang, Ninh Thuan Province
  • Inrasara [vi] (Mr Phu Tram) : poet & author
  • H.E. Othsman Hassan (អូស្មាន ហាស្សាន់៖) : Cambodian-Cham politician ; secretary of state at the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training of Cambodia, Advisor and Special Envoy to Prime Minister Hun Sen, President of Cambodian Muslim Development Foundation (CMDF), Secretary General of the Foundation for Cambodian People’s Poverty Alleviation (PAL), Vice-Director of Cambodian Islamic Center (CIC), Patron of Islamic Medical Association of Cambodia (IMAC) ; Cambodian People's Party
  • H.E. Nos Sles (ណុះ ស្លេះ) : Cambodian-Cham politician ; secretary of state at the Ministry of Education and Sport of Cambodia ; Cambodian People's Party
  • H.E. Amath Yashya also transliterated Amadh Yahya : Cambodian-Cham politician ; ex-Member of Parliament, deputy in the National Assembly of Cambodia representing Kampong Cham province, President of Cambodian Islamic Development Association (CIDA) ; Candlelight Party and Cambodia National Rescue Party
  • H.E. Zakarya Adam : Cambodian-Cham politician ; Secretary of State at Ministry of Cults and Religion, Vice President of CMDF, General Secretary of CIC & Vice-Chairperson of IWMC ; Cambodian People's Party
  • H.E. Sith Ibrahim : Cambodian-Cham politician ; Secretary of State at Ministry of Cults and Religion ; FUNCINPEC
  • H.E. Dr. Sos Mousine : Cambodian-Cham politician ; Under Secretary of State at Ministry of Rural Development, President of Cambodian Muslim Students Association and IMAC, Member of CMDF, Under-General Secretary of CIC ; Cambodian People's Party
  • H.E. Sman Teath : Cambodian-Cham politician ; Member of Parliament representing Pursat, Member of CMDF, Under-General Secretary of CIC ; Cambodian People's Party
  • H.E. Sem Sokha : Cambodian-Cham politician ; Under Secretary of State at Ministry of Social Affairs and Veterans, member of CMDF ; Cambodian People's Party
  • Her E. Kob Mariah : Cambodian-Cham politician ; Under Secretary at Ministry of Women, General Secretary of Cambodian Islamic Women Development & Cambodian Islamic Women’s Development Organization Association, member of CMDF ; Cambodian People's Party
  • H.E. Msas Loh : Cambodian-Cham politician ; Under Secretary of State at Office of the Council of Ministers, Patron of Cambodian Islamic Association ; Cambodian People's Party
  • H.E. Paing Punyamin : Cambodian-Cham politician ; Member of Parliament representing Kampong Chhnang, Member of CMDF, Executive Member of CIC ; Cambodian People's Party
  • H.E. Wan Math : Cambodian-Cham politician ; Member of the Senate, President of Cambodian Islamic Association ; Cambodian People's Party
  • H.E. Sabo Bacha : Cambodian-Cham politician ; Member of the Senate ; FUNCINPEC
  • Mr. Sem Soprey : Cambodian-Cham politician ; Vice Governor of Kampong Cham province & Member of CMDF ; Cambodian People's Party
  • Mr. Saleh Sen : Cambodian-Cham politician ; Vice Governor of Kampong Chhnang province & Member of CMDF
  • H.E. Ismail Osman : Cambodian-Cham politician ; Advisor to His Royal Highness Prince Norodom Ranariddh (នរោត្តម រណឫទ្) of the Kingdom of Cambodia, President of the National Assembly ; FUNCINPEC
  • General Chao Tol : Cambodian-Cham politician ; Assistant to the Prime Minister Hun Sen ; Cambodian People's Party
  • General Sen Komary : Cambodian-Cham politician ; Head of Department of Health at Ministry of National Defense, Member of IMAC ; Cambodian People's Party

Data tables

Admixture analysis of the two populations from southern Vietnam.
Admixed populations Parental populations
MSEA1 (n = 890) WISEA2 (n = 983)
Cham (n = 59) 0.62405
0.629437 ± 0.256634
0.370563 ± 0.256634
Vietnamese (n = 70) 0.842972
0.839953 ± 0.56035
0.160047 ± 0.56035
admixture coefficient;
bootstrap average and standard deviation of the admixture coefficient were obtained by bootstrap with 1000 replications.
1 MSEA: Mainland Southeast Asia
2 WISEA: western island Southeast Asia
Source: Table 2, Page 7, He Jun-dong et al. (2012)[86]

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