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Muslim Rulers and RebelsEveryday Politics and Armed Separatism in the Southern Philippines$
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Thomas McKenna

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780520210158

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520210158.001.0001

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Postcolonial Transitions

Postcolonial Transitions

(p.113) Chapter 6 Postcolonial Transitions
Muslim Rulers and Rebels

Thomas M. McKenna

University of California Press

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

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