Saiful Rijal

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Saiful Rijal
سيف الرجال
8th Sultan of Brunei
Reign 1533 CE - 1581 CE (death)[citation needed]
Predecessor Abdul Kahar
Successor Shah Berunai
Born Brunei Town, Brunei
Died 1581 (1582)
Religion Sunni Islam

Sultan Saiful Rijal (also Saiful Rehal)[1] was the eighth sultan of Brunei. He ruled from 1533, from the abdication of his uncle,[citation needed] until his death in 1581. During his reign, the Castille War broke out in 1578. He was succeeded by his son Shah Berunai.


The earliest historical record of the Sultans of Brunei is not clearly known due to the poor early documentation of Brunei history. In addition there has been an effort to Islamise the history, with the "official history" not matching up with verifiable foreign sources.[2] The Batu Tarsilah, the genealogical record of the kings of Brunei, was not started until 1807. Therefore, much of the intepretation on history relied on earlier Chinese sources and legends.[3] It seems that the early Sultanate of Brunei was dependent on Chinese support,[3][4][5] and perhaps early Sultans were of Chinese origin.[3] Furthermore the earliest Sultans may have been practising the Hindu or Buddhist religions, with early names indicating this origin.[2]

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  2. ^ a b "Brunei". Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c Elisseeff, Vadime (January 2000). "Chapter 8: A Brunei Sultan of the Early Fourteenth Century — A Study of an Arabic Gravestone". The Silk Roads: Highways of Culture and Commerce. Berghahn Books. pp. 145–157. ISBN 978-1-57181-222-3. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Malay History: What's Missing in Malaysian History Books". Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "The golden history of Islam in Brunei". The Brunei Times. Retrieved 18 January 2015.