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Negara Dar-ul-Islam Sultanate

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[Negara Dar-ul-Islam Sultanate] by Ivan Sache

The small state of Negara Dar-ul-Islam was founded in 1948 in the mountains of the southern part of Java island (Indonesia). Its ruler was S.M. Kartosuwizyo, an extreme-rightist mystic Muslim. Other small and short-lived Islamic states showed up in Indonesia at the time. Negara Dar-ul-Islam disappeared in 1962.  The flag of Negara Dar-ul-Islam was green with a white crescent placed near the hoist.

Source: P. Lux-Wurm (2003) Les drapeaux de l'Islam.

Ivan Sache, 21 June 2003

To me, "Negara Dar-ul-Islam" seems a strange name for a state. "Negara" simply means "State" in Indonesian. When I search the internet, "Dar-ul-Islam" must mean something like "Haven of Islam", "The Domain of Islam", "Islamic world". So I think the name "Negara Dar-ul-Islam" only makes sense if it was meant to be the beginning of one large Islamic state in the world, or am I wrong? It would make more sense if the complete name of the state was something like "Negara Indonesia Dar-ul-Islam".

Mark Sensen, 21 June 2003

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