Sulaiman (Brunei)

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5th Sultan of Brunei
Reign 1432–1485
Predecessor Sharif ‘Ali ibn ‘Ajlan ibn Rumaithah ibn Muhammad[1]
Successor Bolkiah
Born Sultanate of Brunei
Died 1511
Sultanate of Brunei
Issue Bolkiah
Father Sharif ‘Ali ibn ‘Ajlan
Mother Puteri Ratna Kesuma, daughter of Sultan Ahmad
Religion Sunni Islam

Sultan Sulaiman ibn ‘Ali ibn ‘Ajlan (Arabic: الـسـلـطـان سـلـيـمـان ابـن عـلي ابـن عـجـلان‎‎) was the fifth Sultan of Brunei, ruling from 1432 until his abdication in 1485, to allow his son Bolkiah to become Sultan. He died in 1511 CE.[1]


The earliest historical record of the Sultans of Brunei is not clearly known due to the poor early documentation of Brunei's history. Many elder members of the House of Bolkiah claim that their ancestors were the BaHassan and BaAlawi Saadah from Tarim and Hadhramawt in Yemen. 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 CE. 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.