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, a state on the west coast of the island of Borneo and a constituent part of the Federation of Malaysia since 1963. Originally the name referred to a dependency of the sultanate of Brunei consisting of the Sarawak, Samarahan and Lundu river basins. Through a series of treaties (the first in 1841) with the Sultan of Brunei [q.v. in Suppl.], these territories passed to the “White Rajahs”, the Brooke dynasty who administered Sarawak between 1841 and 1946. In 1946 the Brookes ceded their territory to the British Crown, and Sarawak, together with Sabah [q.v.], became British colonies. The w…

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Hooker, Virginia Matheson, “Sarawak”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 05 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_6627>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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