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Muslim Rulers and Rebels: Everyday Politics and Armed Separatism in the Southern Philippines

Thomas McKenna


This book provides an account of the Muslim separatist rebellion in the Philippines and challenges prevailing anthropological analyses of nationalism, as well as their underlying assumptions about the interplay of culture and power. It examines Muslim separatism against a background of more than four hundred years of political relations among indigenous Muslim rulers, their subjects, and external powers seeking the subjugation of Philippine Muslims. The book also explores the motivations of the ordinary men and women who fight in armed separatist struggles, and investigates the formation of na ... More

Keywords: Muslim separatist rebellion, Philippines, nationalism, culture, power, Muslim separatism, nationalist identities

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780520210158
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520210158.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas McKenna, author