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Sultanate of Sulu

Royal Sultanate of Sulu (Sultaniyyah Sin Lupah Sug) is an Islamic Tausug state, currently under the Republic of the Philippines, which includes many of the islands of the Sulu Sea, in the southern Philippines and several places in northern Borneo (Sabah, Malaysia).

The sultanate was founded as a theocratic state in 1457 by a Johore-born Arab explorer and religious scholar Sayyid Abu Bakr Abirin, a direct descendant of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad. After the marriage of Abu Bakr Abirin and a local heiress, Dayang-Dayang (princess of the first degree) Paramisuli, he founded the sultanate and assumed the title Paduka Mahasari Maulana al Sultan Shariful-Hāshim. In the course of the following contacts with Europeans the Sultanate of Sulu was internationally recognised as a Kingdom (or a Royal Sultanate).

Official flag of the Sultanate of Sulu

Once an influential power, the Sultanate faced several attempts to abolish the Sultanate (especially in 1915, when the USA imposed a highly restrictive agreement, and again in 1936, when the young Commonwealth of the Philippines decided to ignore the Sultanate’s temporal authority). However all these attempts failed to deprive either the Sultanate or its monarch of the sovereign rights and the state status. In 1962 and in 1974 the Philippine Government again officially recognised the continued existence of the Royal Sultanate of Sulu and the status of its monarch.Moreover, certain prerogatives of the Sultanate, as a genuine traditional indigenous institution, are specifically supported by a correspondent Philippine law. The current legitimate head of the Royal House of Sulu is, since 16th February 1986, H.M. Ampun Sultan Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram.