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Muhammad Dipatuan Kudarat

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Muhammad Dipatuan Kudarat (also spelled Qudarat or Corallat) (1581–1671) was a Sultan of Maguindanao in the Philippines . During his reign, he successfully opposed the Spaniards who attempted to conquer his land and hindered the Christianization of the island of Mindanao . He was a direct descendant of Shariff Kabungsuwan , a Muslim missionary who brought Islam to the Philippines between the 13th and 14th century. [1] The Philippine province of Sultan Kudarat is named after him. About a century before the Spanish, the Arabs arrived in western Mindanao and on the Sulu islands. It was always easier for those coming first to primitive societies to install their religion and social order. Parts of the Philippines, where the Spanish only met animists and chieftain forms of rule were easily conquered and evangelized. But in western Mindanao and the Sulu islands, Islam and a sultanate form of government were already established by Arab powers, and there was a lot of resistance to the Spanish. The confrontation between the Spaniards and the Muslims in the Philippines flamed into the so-called Moro Wars – a series of bitter wars of attrition that continued for more than three-centuries. These bitter wars have made the Philippine Muslim what he is today.
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