Islamic Rule in Cotabato

Thomas M. McKenna

in Muslim Rulers and Rebels

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 1998 | ISBN: 9780520210158
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520919648 | DOI:
Islamic Rule in Cotabato

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This chapter explores the history of Islamic rule in Cotabato, evaluating various idealized versions of the precolonial past in Cotabato against evidence found in the historical record and unauthorized oral narratives. The chapter discusses an ancient myth about Muslim nationalist politics that explains social disparity among Cotabato Muslims by sanctifying it. It examines the ideological expression and practical operation of the system of Islamic governance in precolonial Cotabato, and attempts to characterize the political relations represented by the myth of sanctified inequality.

Keywords: Islamic rule; Cotabato; precolonial past; Muslim nationalist politics; social disparity; political relations; sanctified inequality

Chapter.  9252 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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