HomeAsia-Pacific Social Science Reviewvol. 8 no. 1 (2008)

Muslim Integration in the Philippines: A Historiographical Survey

Michael Hawkins

Discipline: Social Science



This study examines the various historiographical trends that have shaped the intellectual and political integration of Filipino Muslims into a developing national narrative over the past century in the Philippines. By exploring notions of religious, cultural, and national identities, this piece highlights the various intersections and points of contention that frame a negotiated exchange between majority and minority populations in the Philippines. Questions of cultural and national authenticity, imperial conquest, and post-colonial economic and bureaucratic modernity create widely differing visions of a sharply contested "Filipino nation". These essential questions form the foundations of a meaningful inter-ethnic/religious dialogue among the various participants of the "Moro Integration Conflict".