Postcolonial Transitions

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:
Postcolonial Transitions

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This chapter chronicles the political and demographic transformations of the early postcolonial period and the creation of self-consciously ethnic Muslims in Cotabato. It highlights the postcolonial migration of Cotabato Muslims to Cotabato City, and the continuation of traditional datu rule in postcolonial Cotabato despite political and economic changes. The chapter suggests that the investment in identity by the datu politicians was part of an effort to project an image of a unified and revitalized Muslim populace in order to gain purchase in a nation-state controlled by Christian Filipinos.

Keywords: postcolonial Cotabato; ethnic Muslims; postcolonial migration; datu rule; Cotabato City; identity; Christian Filipinos

Chapter.  9577 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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