Coming of Islam:
The official conversion to Islam in 1153, although attributed by
Maldivian folk tales to the magical potency of the Quran
demonstrated by visiting Islamic holy men, in fact should be seen as
a top-level decision in Malé, based on pragmatic economic
realities, to align the country with the dominant foreign traders in
the 'Indian Ocean'.
The Maldives has the most beautiful tropical scenery, graceful
coconut palms leaning over crystal-clear lagoons, coral reefs
promising great snorkelling and scuba diving, and lots of sunshine.
In fact, all the ingredients that make up the classic desert island.
With the increasing pace of life in the modern world, it has become
the ultimate getaway for those who like sun, sand, sea and doing
nothing ...the last Paradise.