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|6th Sultan of Brunei|
|Reign||1485 CE - 1524 CE|
|Buried||Kota Batu, Brunei|
|Consort||Princess Laila Mecanai|
Sultan Bolkiah was the sixth Sultan of Brunei. He ascended the throne of Brunei upon the abdication of his father, Sultan Sulaiman, and ruled Brunei from 1485 to 1524. His reign marked the Golden Age of Brunei and saw the Sultanate become the superpower of the Malay archipelago. Bolkiah frequently travelled abroad to gain new ideas for the development of the country, as well as seeking suggestions from his various chiefs.
Sultan Bolkiah's victory over Sulu and Seludong (modern day Manila), as well as his marriages to Laila Mecana, the daughter of Sulu Sultan Amir Ul-Ombra, widened Brunei's influence in the Philippines.
This increased Brunei's wealth as well as extending Islamic teachings in the region, resulting in the influence and power of Brunei reaching its peak during this period. Bolkiah's rule reached from Bulungan (North Borneo) to Johore (Singapore[vague]), that during this period Brunei was known as Bulungan Johore. His territories also included. Selurong (modern day Manila).
Bolkiah was married to Laila Mecanai the daughter of Sulu Sultan Amir Ul-Ombra and Datu Kemin.
Death and succession
The early historical record of the Sultans of Brunei is unclear due to poor early documentation of Brunei history, leading to the interpretation of Chinese records for Brunei's history. The Batu Tarsilah, the genealogical record of the kings of Brunei, was not started until 1807 and so relied on legends and earlier Chinese sources. It seems that the early Sultanate of Brunei was dependent on Chinese support, and perhaps early Sultans were of Chinese origin.
- "The Silk Roads: Highways of Culture and Commerce";edited by Vadime Elisseeff
|Sultan of Brunei
1485 AD-1524 AD
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