It is widely believed that the early settlers followed Hinduism. Buddhism was the main religion followed until 1153. A scholar converted the King to Islam, and since then the whole country of Maldives has been practicing Islam. Who the Scholar was is still a question with many answers but nothing definite.
After Islam was taken up, the islands of Maldives prospered and have a glorious past. In 1953, Maldives discarded monarchy and became a Republic. Mr Mohammed Amin Didi, the introducer of the Republic System of Government in Maldives became the first President. But the republic did not survive and a Sultanate was reinstated till 1968. On November 11 1968 , the sultanate was once and for all abolished to be replaced by a Republic and now continues to be with its present name. Through all these Maldives never lost its identity as a secluded haven.