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Muslims in the Philippines by Cesar Adib Majul
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Studio: University of the Philippines Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.15" Width: 5.99" Height: 1.13" Weight: 1.66 lbs.
Publisher University of the Philippines Press
ISBN 9715421881 ISBN13 9789715421881
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More About Cesar Adib Majul
Majul is Professor Emeritus and former Dean at the Institute of Islamic Studies.
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Read it...only if you're not a muslim hater! Jun 9, 2005
If you're muslim you'll love it, mainly because it was written by a muslim in his point of view...
If you're not muslim you'll probably like how he goes into detail on pre-Magellan Philippines, a subject most Christian Filipino authors tend to sum up in a paragraph...usually starting with..."we were savages, living in huts"...that kind of writing...then writes on, "..but then the mighty Spaniards came and made me human,,,oh thank you MASTERS!!!"
If you're a muslim hater, don't even bother to read the book, just buy a copy of "Mein Kamf by Adolf Hitler"
Highly interesting May 13, 2002
This unique book deals primarily with the histories of the sultanates of Sulu and Maguindanao (present-day Southern Philippines) from their beginnings until the end of Spanish period. In their 400 years of existence, they expanded to control a portion of Borneo, and fought the Spaniards fiercely, never actually being colonized with their northern brothers. The author also includes a chapter on how the sultanate functioned- describing the system of government that was more centralized than any other part of the Philippines, and thus the only one that could muster effective resistance against the Spaniards. The role of Islam is highlighted as the very basis of the Moros' determination to resist European colonization. A section of excellent pictures is provided, including portraits of sultans in their royal spendor and a collection of Moro weapons. Although the book sometimes quite dry - being primarily a political history, describing the reigns of kings and battles and treaties, the information itself is extremely fascinating. There are interesting stories, such as Sultan Azim-ud-Din, prisoner in Manila for 20 years and his spiritual experimenting, and of Sultan Qudarat, unifier of Maguindanao, leader of a 50 year jihad, whom a Spaniard compared to Gustavus Adolphus. This history, though objective, is clearly sympathetic to the Moros. Yet this is actually quite refreshing, as the Moros have generally been treated poorly by historians. While more colorful histories describe them as vicious slave-raiders and pirates, Cesar argues that this was not the case- rather it was the Spaniards who were inexorably trying to conquer the minds and bodies of the Moros, and thus the latter retaliated with raids, on both them and on the natives the Spaniards used as mercenaries. Finally, being a Muslim, Cesar can intepret certain events far more objectively and accurately than have most other historians of the Moros. For example, the author examines the motivation and nature of Moro famous "jurmentados," in light of sayings of the Prophet. In his conclusion, the author expresses a hope that in the future an enlarged history of the Filipino people will embrace both the conquered- and the unconquered peoples of the archipelago. Indeed it is difficult to leave this book without some admiration for the bold and unconquerable Muslims of the Philippines.